Thursday, April 8, 2010
"Blankenship has also thrown his weight around West Virginia politics, shelling out more than $3 million of his own money for ads to help defeat a West Virginia state Supreme Court justice in 2004. That judge would have been in a position to rule against Massey in an appeal of a $50 million award for a small coal company owner, who convinced a jury that Massey had driven his company into bankruptcy. The new judge cast the deciding vote against the $50 million award. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the new judge should have recused himself."