has been indicted for what really always looked to me like a criminal disregard for the lives of his employees. His poor ability to separate regard for profit from duty to ensure mine safety seemed to me of a piece with a sense that employees were property--owned by the company. So why did it matter if some got killed here and there? He didn't just cost the company millions in fines and settlements--he's possibly cost himself his freedom.
Since the disaster never did cost him a place in the industry, maybe this is the message that was required that miners' safety matters.