A nonfiction legal thriller that traces the fourteen-yearstruggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in Americanhistory, Don Blankenship, to justice
DonBlankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry thatprovides nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influenceweren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroyingcorporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing theWest Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in thecompany’s mines—in which scores died unnecessarily.
AsBlankenship hobnobbed with a West Virginia Supreme Court justice in France, hiscompany polluted the drinking water of hundreds of citizens while he himselffostered baroque vendettas against anyone who dared challenge his sovereigntyover coal country. Just about the only thing that stood in the way ofBlankenship’s tyranny over a state and an industry was a pair of odd-coupleattorneys, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, who undertook a legal quest to bringjustice to this corner of America. From the backwoods courtrooms of WestVirginia they pursued their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and toa dramatic decision declaring that the wealthy and powerful are not entitled topurchase their own brand of law.
ThePrice of Justice is a story of corporate corruption so far-reaching and devastating itcould have been written a hundred years ago by Ida Tarbell or Lincoln Steffens.And as Laurence Leamer demonstrates in this captivating tale, because it’strue, it’s scarier than fiction.