Major development on Massey: Federal inquiry expands to cover the larger corporate entity.

For the past 18 months, Free Speech For People has called on Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to revoke Massey's corporate charter due to the corporation's acknowledged criminal guilt in the tragic deaths of 29 coal miners at its Upper Big Branch mine.

Now, according to the New York Times:

Federal prosecutors in West Virginia charged the highest-ranking executive to date on Wednesday in a broad investigation stemming from the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners, a move that suggests more senior executives at Massey Energy, the mine’s operator, are likely to be prosecuted.
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The charges do not relate directly to the Upper Big Branch mine, indicating that prosecutors have widened their investigation to include a broader culture of suspected violations that is believed to have played a role in the 2010 explosion. Investigators say the blast was caused by explosive gases and coal dust that had built up in the mine.

“The conspiracy charge permits us to look more deeply at the conduct and all of the players involved in perpetuating this conduct in the corporate entity,” Mr. Goodwin said.

The speaker is R. Booth Goodwin II, the United States attorney for West Virginia.

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