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prospector
27th Oct 2005, 05:16
How many would agree with this verdict????




Port Authority held liable in 1993 WTC bombing
Samuel Maull, Associated Press
October 27, 2005


NEW YORK - A state jury ruled Wednesday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was negligent in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

It was a victory for victims of an attack that killed six people and wounded 1,000 eight years before terrorists brought down the buildings.

The jury ruled that the agency, which owned the World Trade Center, was negligent by failing to maintain the underground garage where terrorists detonated more than a half-ton of explosives in a Ryder van. Several separate trials will be held to determine money damages.

The four-week trial cast the spotlight on an attack that was overshadowed after Sept. 11, but was horrific nonetheless. The noontime blast blew a gigantic crater in the garage, filled the building with smoke, wrecked the towers' power and emergency systems, and spread fear across New York.

The verdict came after almost 12 years of legal delays in the civil case. The Port Authority's last appeal, to try to get the case thrown out, was rejected last year. "The Port Authority is confident it will prevail" on appeal, lawyer Marc Kasowitz said.

The jury appeared to be swayed by a 1985 report written by the Port Authority's own security officials, who warned that the 400-space garage was a likely attack target. Plaintiff lawyers cited the report as proof that the Port Authority could have protected the building long before the attack, but did not want to because it was inconvenient and would have cost too much.

Agency 'dropped the ball'

"They should have closed the garage," lead plaintiff lawyer David J. Dean said after the verdict. "Lives would have been saved, and 1,000 people would not have been hurt."

Jurors apparently agreed.

Juror Ray Gonzalez, 58, said the 1985 report was "very prominent" in deliberations. He said the Port Authority "dropped the ball. No one took [the report] seriously."

The jury determined that the agency was 68 percent liable for the bombing -- a ruling that Kasowitz found stunning. "To hold the Port Authority twice as liable as the terrorists for the 1993 bombing stands logic, rationality, and reason on their heads," he said.

Six people were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the bombing. Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the reputed mastermind, said at sentencing: "Yes, I am a terrorist and I am proud of it."

During the trial, state Supreme Court Justice Nicholas Figueroa ordered lawyers to avoid mention of the Sept. 11, 2001, airplane attack because it was irrelevant to the 1993 bombing.



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TheFlyingSquirrel
27th Oct 2005, 08:45
The 1993 bombing made the tower unsafe structually. This I believe made demolition a requirement - Syd Bishop would have been proud of the job they did of it - Watch it come down !!! Killing 3000 birds with one stone - ****** ace !

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