A Quest for Justice in Coal Country
Fox Chapel branch of the American Association of University Women
Attorney Bruce Stanley didn’t write The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption (Henry Holt and Company, 2013) – he’s lived it. Sixteen years now, and counting. His quest to bring West Virginia’s most notorious coal baron, Don Blankenship, to justice reads like a legal thriller. It’s all the scarier because the events depicted in the book really happened.
Massey Energy, with Blankenship at the helm, for years mined coal and conducted business with a flagrant disregard for both human life and for West Virginia’s fragile environment. Mr. Stanley will describe how he and colleague Dave Fawcett took on the powerful CEO, his company’s diabolical practices, a behemoth industry, the state of West Virginia, and eventually the judicial establishment – and won. He will also explain the extraordinary cost of those successful verdicts, and the ripple effects that are bound to be felt for generations.
In addition to highlights from the book, written by Laurence Leamer, Mr. Stanley will share some of the painful lessons learned along the way about the influence of money within our judicial system. His discussion will take audience members beyond the public record to personal observations about how the steep price of justice affects us all, especially when opposing interests are powerful – and wealthy – enough to pay it.
The public is welcome to attend this AAUW-sponsored presentation, and the program is free