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The Price of Justice tells the story of how two Pittsburgh lawyers spent close to a decade and a half bringing Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy, to justice. From the backwoods courtrooms of West Virginia Bruce Stanley and Dave Fawcett pursued their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It's a dramatic story that includes environmental outrages and the destruction of a steel company, all in the name of profit. The Price of Justice reads like a novel by Zola, but this is modern-day America.
Praise for The Price of Justice
“Laurence Leamer does a superb job of condensing this 15-year legal brawl into a highly readable and entertaining narrative. Greed, arrogance, injustice, corruption - it has it all, and, sadly, it’s all true. Fortunately, it also has some heroes. This is a book I wish I had written.” —John Grisham
"Riveting and compulsively readable...Leamer has produced a Shakespearean tale of greed, corporate irresponsability, and personal hubris on the one hand, and idealism, commitment to justice, and personal sacrifice on the other. Blankenship is a villian for all time, and Stanley and Fawcett are lawyers who bring honor to their profession."
“A compelling nonfiction thriller…Leamer is masterful at presenting the important issues, strong personalities, political and legal machinations and economic stakes of the challenge to Massey, looking beyond the law to reveal a case about social inequities, greed, and arrogance.
“Leamer unfolds this amazing account of contemporary political corruption, skullduggery and mayhem. An eye-opening story about the relations among politics, business and justice.”
"The Price of Justiceprovides a captivating journalistic account of an Appalachian legal odyssey that culminated in a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court opinion about fundamental fairness in civil litigation.Leamer excels at describing the joys and strains of both trial preparation and the trial itself, all of which will seem familiar to any civil litigator."
“Don Blankenship and Massey Energy have caused catastrophic environmental damage in Appalachia. But thanks to two intrepid lawyers, there is hope in the ravaged land. The Price of Justice is bound to be an environmental and legal classic.” —Bobby Kennedy Jr, Senior attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council and President, Waterkeeper Alliance
“The Price of Justice is the nail biting, harrowing story of two courageous trial lawyers’ facing down corporate greed, wall street law firms, powerful politicians and corrupt judges in the hard scrabble and dangerous coal fields of West Virginia to protect the safety of miners and the health of our nation. I have nothing but admiration for these lawyers and this modern-day David and Goliath tale.” —Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center
“A gripping, suspenseful page-turner that reads like fiction and reinforces—with sometimes shocking, tragic clarity—the necessity of a fair justice system for all. This is an important, compelling, powerful book.” —Judge Ken Starr, President of Baylor University
“Laurence Leamer has produced a masterful legal thriller that will stun readers at every page. . . a riveting story of intrigue, corrupt politics, and the corrosive effects of power if left unchecked. This book is a tour-de-force; it will stand up against the best legal dramas of our time.” —Ken Gormley, bestselling author of The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr
“In this engaging narrative, Laurence Leamer shows how money corrupts both politics and the law. A disturbing warning in this era of increasingly unregulated campaign money, including in judicial elections, The Price of Justice is priceless.” —Adam Winkler, Author of Gunfight and Professor of Law UCLA School of Law
Dave Fawcett(l), Theodore Olson, and Bruce Stanley in front of the United States Supreme Court on March 3, 2009
Dave Fawcett(l), Hugh Caperton and Bruce Stanley in front of the West Virginia Supreme Court
Don Blankenship and his friend West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elliottt "Spike" Maynard off together in France while Justice Maynard was going to vote on a case that if Blankenship's company lost would cost it $70 million.
Here Don Blankenship pushes his hand in front of an ABC cameraman when the man asks him for an interview.