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Fourth Day of Jury Selection Underway in Blankenship Trial

Don Blankenship
Dave Mistich
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The latest developments in the federal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. All times are local:

9:45 a.m.

Potential jurors have returned to the courtroom for the fourth day of jury selection in the federal criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

In a transcript of proceedings last week, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger said she was seeking 35 prospective jurors.

Berger is questioning all prospective jurors with her microphone off. The public, including reporters, are watching the proceedings from a live closed-circuit television feed from another room. They can't hear questions and responses.

8:45 a.m.

Jury selection for the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is entering its fourth day.

Blankenship arrived at the U.S. District Court in Charleston on Tuesday morning for the proceedings.

It's still unclear how many jurors have been selected so far. Thirteen prospective jurors were dismissed on Monday.

The 65-year-old Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break mine safety laws and lying to financial regulators about safety practices at the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia. The mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 miners.

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