The Price of Justice

The Price of Justice

A True Story of Greed and Corruption

Book - 2013
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A nonfiction legal thriller that traces the fourteen-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history, Don Blankenship, to justice

Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America's electric power. But wealth and influence weren't enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company's mines--in which scores died unnecessarily.

As Blankenship hobnobbed with a West Virginia Supreme Court justice in France, his company polluted the drinking water of hundreds of citizens while he himself fostered baroque vendettas against anyone who dared challenge his sovereignty over coal mining country. Just about the only thing that stood in the way of Blankenship's tyranny over a state and an industry was a pair of odd-couple attorneys, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, who undertook a legal quest to bring justice to this corner ofAmerica. From the backwoods courtrooms of West Virginia they pursued their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and to a dramatic decision declaring that the wealthy and powerful are not entitled to purchase their own brand of law.

The Price of Justice is a story of corporate corruption so far-reaching and devastating it could have been written a hundred years ago by Ida Tarbell or Lincoln Steffens. And as Laurence Leamer demonstrates in this captivating tale, because it's true, it's scarier than fiction.

Publisher: New York :, Times Books,, 2013, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780805094718
Branch Call Number: 346. 73022 LEA
Characteristics: xii, 432 pages : map

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MmeLeChat Aug 12, 2015

Meticulously researched. So much detail, yet it kept me totally enthralled all the way through. What goes on inside the upper echelons of our justice system is quite disturbing. Per John Grisham's jacket blurb that this is the book he wishes he had written -- I believe him.

mrmervis Jul 18, 2013

A disturbing look at how our justice system is not always blind and the influence of money and connections. A great book.

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