Court pushes back deadline in ex-Massey Energy CEO appeal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court has extended a deadline for initial briefs on an appeal of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s conviction.
    
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week extended the deadline from May 31 to June 20. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Blankenship’s attorneys sought the additional time.
    
According to the court, federal prosecutors must respond to the initial brief by Aug. 1, and a subsequent reply by Blankenship’s attorneys is due Aug. 22.
    
Blankenship reported to a California prison May 12 to begin serving a one-year sentence for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch coal mine, which exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.
    
The appeals court previously denied a motion to let Blankenship remain free during the appeal.
    

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