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'Ruthless' Coal Baron Don Blankenship Gets Maximum Sentence for 2010 Blast


'Ruthless' Coal Baron Don Blankenship Gets Maximum Sentence for 2010 Blast

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced notorious coal baron Don Blankenship to one year in prison, another year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000—the maximum sentence Blankenship faced—for his role in a 2010 West Virginia coal mine blast that killed 29 workers.


Malice aforethought, buffered by the business model of “externalized costs”, a model of the banking and corporate system with “GDP” metrics that requires pathological brinksmanship, is also a measure by which CEOs are “invested in” by the vast majority business interests in the energy, agribusiness, chemical and mining, off-shore assembly sweat shop (not to mention political) industries.

I would submit that this is tantamount to demanding that the sociopathic criteria be buried under equally massive investments in “market research” for PR based on precisely the same criteria.

The justice system really needs to be energetically extracted from the grip of the pathological rationalizations of the ideological juggernaut.

One year … for how many lives?


Hardly a proportionate sentence for so many deaths. Had he been a terrorist, killing 29 people would mean he would never see freedom again. This kind of greed, resulting in workers’ deaths, is an utter disgrace. He actually caused people to die, is that not mansluaghter on a large scale? Scary indeed that such lightweight justice is seen as somehow enough. It’s not enough.


He’s responsible for twenty-nine deaths, and gets one year in prison.
With the fine likely paid by his insurer.

Too bad his punishment wasn’t more “ruthless.”


A more appropriate sentence would be one year per death. Make it resemble justice anyway!


A one year sentence for 29 deaths is punishment only the rich and privileged receive.


This is sick! And I am sure he will not report to prison until he has done all his appeals-because that’s the way it works for the rich.


As Peggy Seeger said in her song “Springhill Mining Disaster”…“Blood and bone is the price of coal.”


It seems the value of miners’ lives is like the value of killed “enemies” in countries we attack ie NIL.


Originally he faced 31 years max–because the penalties for lying to investors about Massey’s safety record (of which he was acquitted) carried a much heavier penalty than “conspiring to avoid safety regs”, which is the charge he was found guilty of–he was not actually ever charged with causing the accident. _Incidentally, I’m told by one who was there that the judge took the unusual step of shutting him up in the middle of his pre-sentencing statement–because after expressing condolence to the family members present in the courtroom, and praising the dead miners, he started saying they "wouldn’t have conspired to avoid safety regs’–as though THEY were part of the conspiracy!–and apparently started to say they wouldn’t have wanted him to go to jail, and the judge apparently thought the family members, whom she had not allowed to speak, should not have to listen to such offensive, self-exonerating crap.


Is this some kind of JOKE???
And now what about Michigan Governor Snyder- Just why is HE NOT in JAIL yet???
The old double standard of the Law- 2 sets of Laws, one for the rich and one for the poor- The poor get the shaft!
West Virginia Miners lives are apparently no different than poor Blacks in Flint, Michigan…
They are all expendable under this blatantly corrupted system…