Judge orders 300 randomly selected prospective jurors in West Virginia coal CEO criminal case



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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A federal judge is ordering a jury pool of 300 southern West Virginians in the criminal case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

In southern West Virginia federal court Thursday, Judge Irene Berger ordered a random selection of 300 prospective jurors from the Charleston and Huntington divisions.

Prospective jurors will have to complete a questionnaire by Aug. 31.

Blankenship's trial is scheduled to start Oct. 1 in Charleston. He faces charges that he conspired to violate mine safety standards at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. An explosion at the mine in 2010 killed 29 men.

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