Don Blankenship, the chairman of Massey Energy, drove Hugh Caperton's Harman Mine into bankruptcy in 1998. Pittsburgh lawyers Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley took on Caperton's case on contingency and fought it with relentless tenacity.
Bruce Stanley's enraged that the legal and political system is his native state of West Virginia is so corrupt that the bad and the compromised often float to the top of the system while the true and the caring are just as often endlessly stymied.
In West Virginia, where the political system has failed the people, the courts have become the last refuge of justice. What then, when the state's highest court is a repository for the lowest political motives?
In a reprise of the debate between NRDC's Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Massey Coal CEO Don Blankenship over mountaintop removal coal mining, the Washington newspaper The Hill published dueling pieces by both adversaries in today's edition.