ABC News reports:
“Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was convicted in December of one of three counts against him for conspiring to “willfully violate mandatory mine health and safety standards” at the Upper Big Branch mine that claimed the lives of 29 men in an explosion on April 5, 2010. A federal safety inspection later found that “if basic safety measures had been in place… there would have been no loss of life at UBB [Upper Big Branch].”
Blankenship was sentenced today to one year in prison, plus one year’s supervised release and a $250,000 fine -– the maximum penalty for the conspiracy charge, according to ABC News’ local affiliate WCHS. Prosecutors had bemoaned such a short maximum sentence for what they called “monstrous” wrongdoing.” See
In the auto safety field:
GM defect resulted in 174 deaths. See Criminal settlement at http://www.autosafety.org/cas-statement-gm-criminal-settlement-justice-department/
Jeep defect resulted in more than 100 deaths. See http://www.autosafety.org/jeep-grand-cherokee-fires-homepage/
Corporate and Government Executive Jail time = 0 days
This is one result of the U.S. government’s Vision Zero policy for crash deaths and serious injuries.