by Ron Gregory
WILLIAMSON – U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to release their Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) report concerning his federal misdemeanor conviction. Blankenship, who has announced that he is the Constitution Party candidate for the senate, said the DOJ did not provide a date for the release.
The release notice comes on the heels of a motion filed by Blankenship’s attorneys Friday seeking to have the report provided “within ten days.” The former Massey Energy CEO said he is “hopeful that the report will be an honest and complete communication of the atrocious prosecutorial misconduct which led to (my) false misdemeanor conviction and extremely rare imprisonment as a misdemeanant.”
Blankenship has insisted that former Southern District U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and his assistant, Steve Ruby, are guilty of prosecutorial misconduct in his case which resulted in a one-year prison term for the defendant.
“The report will likely highlight the overt Brady violations by the prosecution—the intentional withholding and misrepresentation of information that would have exonerated (me),” Blankenship said. “Unfortunately, however, Brady violations are merely a small portion of the pandemic corruption within the Obama-era DOJ.”
Blankenship ran in the Republican primary for senate, losing to now-GOP nominee and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. They were vying for the seat held by incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin. Both Morrisey and Manchin have been the targets of scathing attacks by Blankenship.
The ex-CEO has also maintained that misconduct by prosecutors and the Mine Safety and Health Administration led to his conviction and “slandered the very miners who perished in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine tragedy.”
Despite assurances that the report will be made available, Blankenship concluded, “[i]n order to get the full truth, it may require yet another trip to the Supreme Court of the United States.”