Barry Pollack was quoted regarding coal executive Don Blankenship's accused violations of mine safety standards in the wake of an April 2010 blast at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. "It's very easy for a chief executive officer to say credibly and truthfully that he didn't know everything people at his company were doing," Pollack said. Prosecutors, however, highlighted Blankenship's deep day-to-day involvement with his former coal company to support the indictment. According to Pollack, federal prosecutors put very detailed allegations in the indictment that came down on November 13, 2014, to try to show that Blankenship knew what Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine employees were doing.
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