Victim’s family talks during Blankenship’s Jury Selection


A coal mine explosion that happened in 2010 has ended and changed many lives. The person to blame? Some think it was Don Blankenship. He was the CEO of Massey energy, a company that operated the Upper Big Branch mine, where this all happened.

“He’ll meet his maker one day and I hope I’m there with him,” Betty Harrah said.

Now, jury selection for his long awaited trial begins. Blankenship entered the federal courtroom in Charleston with an expressionless face. Family of the victims said it’s a face they want to see behind bars.

“If he gets one day and those doors close behind him it will be worth it,” Betty Harrah said.

 Betty Harrah lost her brother in the mine explosion.

“That was my brother. If nothing else I have to stand up for him,” Harrah said. 

 Officials said that 100 out of possibly 300 jurors will be questioned to see if they will in fact be a part of this trial. The jury selection process could take several days.

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