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Potential Jurors Asked About Opinions of Blankenship

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A questionnaire distributed to potential jurors asks whether they have formed any opinions about former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Other questions include whether potential jurors have formed any opinions about other investigations, trials and indictments related to the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine. The explosion killed 29 men.

Jurors also were asked whether they or any close family member ever worked in the coal mining industry.

Online court records show U.S. District Judge Irene Berger's questionnaire was released on Wednesday by court officials. Berger had ordered a jury pool of 300 southern West Virginians last week.

Blankenship faces charges that he conspired to violate mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 1.

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