Speak Your Piece: Make Judges Mine Coal

[imgbelt img=bigjohnadkins.jpg]A Court of Appeals blames a coal miner who died of black lung for his lack of legal skills. If miners need to be lawyers, maybe it’s time to make judges work in the mines.

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yearlong investigation by Chris Hamby, the prominent law firm Jackson Kelly was exposed as withholding evidence of black lung in cases over the years, helping to defeat the benefits of claims of sick miners.  The Gary Fox case was at the heart of this investigation.

 Betty Dotson-Lewis is from West Virginia and is the author of several books on Appalachian heritage and social issues.

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