Mine Owner Murray Threatens Defamation Suits

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Crandall Canyon mine co-owner Robert Murray is threatening to sue a professor and an editor over what he claims were defamatory statements regarding his behavior in the wake of the mine collapse.

Murray took offense at an opinion piece written by Penn State University engineering professor R. Larry Grayson that appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. It criticized Murray's "bombastic" performance in the news briefings immediately following the Aug. 6 disaster at the Crandall Canyon mine that killed six miners.

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