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Blankenship seeks sentencing delay

Blankenship Leaving Nov 23

There’s another new filing in the Don Blankenship criminal case — this one is a request from the defense to delay the sentencing, which is currently scheduled for April 6 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Basically, the defense says that they need more time to prepare to defend Blankenship against any restitution being sought against him. They want to either delay the sentencing for 90 days or to hold a separate hearing later, after the sentencing, to deal with any restitution requests.

Also, interestingly, the new court filing notes this regarding restitution requests:

On March 14, 2016, the defense learned from the U.S. Probation Office that it had received dozens of additional restitution claims in response to a mailing to potential victims. As of the filing of this motion, the defense has not seen those claims, although it expects to get access to them soon. The defense will need time to review and defend against those claims.