By: Martha SparksSociety Editor
May 17, 2013
Larry Leamer and Bruce Stanley will hold a free discussion and book signing of The Price of Justice on May 18 from 7-9 pm at Chief Logan State Park.
The Price of Justice is the tale of the battle between Don Blankenship, who essentially ran the West Virginia coal industry through his company Massey Energy, and the seemingly ordinary attorney from Mingo County: Bruce Stanley.
The centerpiece of the story is a West Virginia coal mine owner, Hugh Caperton, who Blankenship bankrupted and the $50 million verdict that was won, but still unpaid, by Bruce Stanley. Blankenship sought to “buy” a seat on the W.Va. Supreme Court by contributing over $3 million to the successful campaign of a conservative judicial candidate.
However, the U.S. Supreme Court eventually found the Blankenship’s contributions were too much to allow the new West Virginia justice to hear the case. Leamer writes of a tale of greed, corporate irresponsibility and personal arrogrance on one hand, and idealism, commitment to justice, and personal sacrifice on the other. He paints Blankenship as a villain for all time, and Stanley as a lawyer from West Virginia who brings honor to his profession and heritage.
After the book discussion, there will follow a questions and answers period, and a book signing.
Books will be discounted and all profits donated to Save Blair Mountain.
A free open reception will follow.