Prosecute Massey Petition

This is a petition to the prosecuting attorney in Raleigh County asking that she investigate and prosecute Massey Energy Corporation and responsible executives for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths of 29 coal miners at a Massey Energy mine on April 5, 2010.

To:
Kristen Keller
Prosecuting Attorney
Raleigh County, West Virginia

We hereby ask that you prosecute Massey Energy and responsible executives for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths of 29 coal miners at the company's Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010.

We believe there is sufficient evidence on the public record to bring such a prosecution -- including the fact that federal mine inspectors concluded in early in 2010 that senior Massey executives showed "reckless disregard" for worker safety at the mine.

Other prosecutors around the country have charged corporations and their executives with reckless disregard in connection with worker and consumer deaths.

In 1978, a Republican prosecutor in Indiana brought homicide charges against the Ford Motor Company in connection with the deaths of three teenage girls who were burned to death when their Ford Pinto was rear-ended.

Although Ford was ultimately acquitted, the criminal prosecution of Ford Motor Company reestablished an important precedent:

In certain cases involving human health and safety, corporations and their executives could be required to submit not only to the scrutiny and sanctions of traditional federal agencies, but to state criminal courts as well.

Ira Reiner, the District Attorney in Los Angles County in the 1980s, investigated every workplace death for a possible homicide prosecution.

Many such investigations resulted in criminal prosecutions of the corporate employer, responsible executives, or both.

The involuntary manslaughter statute is applied in West Virginia against reckless drivers who inadvertently kill others.

A corporation that recklessly operates a workplace -- and workers die as a result -- should be similarly prosecuted.

Thank you for your serious consideration of this request to prosecute Massey and the executives responsible for the deaths of the 29 coal miners.

As you know, the statute of limitations for this case is one year.

You have until April 5, 2011.

Please prosecute the case.

Let a jury decide.


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2991 Sun Jun 24 17:35:33 EDT 2012 James Terry
2990 Sun Jun 24 17:34:21 EDT 2012 Angela Terry
2989 Sun Jun 24 16:23:14 EDT 2012 Angela Terry
2988 Tue May 15 14:37:31 EDT 2012 Patton Linda
2987 Thu Apr 19 19:38:48 EDT 2012 Rebeeca Shepard
2986 Sat Sep 03 22:41:11 EDT 2011 Mark Dunn
2985 Fri Aug 12 15:50:30 EDT 2011 Deborah V Raymond
2984 Tue Jun 28 23:17:55 EDT 2011 Jack Marley
2983 Sun Jun 19 16:25:53 EDT 2011 Michelle Dangol
2982 Wed Jun 15 17:21:08 EDT 2011 Joshua Smith
2981 Tue Jun 14 10:11:39 EDT 2011 Drew Kochman
2980 Thu Jun 09 13:10:44 EDT 2011 Ron McGill
2979 Thu May 12 19:37:20 EDT 2011 Robert Vogel
2978 Tue Apr 26 09:49:52 EDT 2011 Diane Tina Robinson
2977 Mon Apr 25 13:07:58 EDT 2011 Richard Eames
2976 Sat Apr 23 05:24:42 EDT 2011 Fuck You Mining is dangerous, get over it.
2975 Fri Apr 22 10:12:17 EDT 2011 Pam Wiley
2974 Wed Apr 20 22:45:02 EDT 2011 Anonymous
2973 Mon Apr 18 14:35:46 EDT 2011 Anonymous
2972 Sat Apr 16 14:27:16 EDT 2011 Cecil Johnson
2971 Fri Apr 15 09:48:24 EDT 2011 Michael Clark
2970 Wed Apr 13 20:22:59 EDT 2011 dirk zipf
2969 Mon Apr 11 16:10:46 EDT 2011 Anonymous
2968 Sat Apr 09 10:12:06 EDT 2011 Anne Posey
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