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Federal appeals court panel unanimously affirms conviction of Hughie Elbert Stover “in its entirety”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin issued the following statement today regarding a decision issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which upheld the criminal conviction of former Upper Big Branch Mine security chief Hughie Elbert Stover: 

“This case is an important victory for the safety of miners, so today’s decision is a welcome one,” said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. “Investigations of mine disasters serve a critical role in making mines safer. To obstruct one of those investigations, especially one involving a tragedy like that at Upper Big Branch, is reprehensible.”

“The evidence against Mr. Stover was overwhelming,” Goodwin continued, “so I am not surprised that his conviction was upheld in all respects. This case should be a powerful warning to anyone tempted to interfere with a mine safety inquiry.” 

Stover’s conviction was affirmed unanimously by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. “In sum,” the panel said, “we affirm the district court’s judgment in its entirety.”

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