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Blankenship defense rests without calling witnesses

Don Blankenship’s defense team rested its case this morning without presenting any of its own witnesses.

“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the defense rests,” lead defense lawyer Bill Taylor said, following a bench conference after the government rested its case.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger dismissed the jury for the day and told lawyers to report back to the courthouse at 1:30 p.m. when she plans to announce to both sides her instructions to the jury.

The jury was told to report back at 9 a.m. Tuesday.