Criminal courts reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer; writer, Crime & Punishment blog for philly.com

Convicted collapse contractor Campbell: Architect Marinakos 'ran this job'

philly.com — The imprisoned demolition contractor involved in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse said all major decisions on how to raze the four-story Hoagie City building were made by the man who hired him: architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer

Convicted contractor Campbell is relaxed, laughing, in video deposition

philly.com — Former North Philadelphia demolition contractor Griffin Campbell spent Thursday as he's spent every day since Jan. 8 - serving a 15- to 30-year prison term for his role in the deadly 2013 collapse that crushed a Salvation Army store in Center City.

Salvation Army lawyer attacks credibility of retail expert

philly.com — A lawyer for the Salvation Army on Wednesday attacked the credibility of a retail management expert who testified that charity executives failed their duty to protect employees and shoppers killed in the 2013 Center City building collapse. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer

Expert: Salvation Army had duty to close store destroyed in deadly collapse

philly.com — Lawyers for the Salvation Army have portrayed the charity as a victim of the 2013 demolition collapse that destroyed its flagship Center City thrift store and killed two of its workers and four customers and injured 13 others.

Lawyer: N.Y. owner of collapse site not liable for crushed Salvation Army store

philly.com — The lawyer for New York real estate speculator Richard Basciano said Monday that the 91-year-old bore no legal responsibility for the deadly 2013 building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 inside a Salvation Army store in Center City. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer

The jury has an issue

philly.com — No two juries are alike. They are, after all, made up of human beings. Some are decisive; others wind up "hung" - unable to reach a verdict. Most are inscrutable while they are in court.

Expert: Architect bears main responsibility for deadly Center City building collapse

philly.com — Center City architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. is the person most responsible for the deadly 2013 collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store, a construction expert testified Friday. Marinakos was hired by New York real estate speculator Richard Basciano to act as his representative overseeing demolition of five Basciano buildings in the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Market Street.

Expert: Collapse demolition contractor was 'totally incompetent, inexperienced'

philly.com — The owner, property manager, and architect whose Center City demolition project ended in the deadly 2013 collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store failed to follow "customs and practices" of the construction and demolition industry in hiring their demolition contractor, a construction industry expert testified Thursday.

'The wall came in,' says survivor of deadly 2013 building collapse

philly.com — It was "out of the blue," recalled Felicia Hill. One moment, Hill testified, she was chatting with Salvation Army coworker Nadine White, complimenting her about the way she did her hair. "I heard a noise . . .

Defense lawyers blame each other's clients for deadly 2013 building collapse

philly.com — Lawyers for those sued in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse made their opening statements to a Philadelphia civil jury Tuesday, each defendant casting blame on the other for the disaster that killed six and injured 13. - Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer
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Sep 30, 2016

Jailed contractor's video testimony cont's in Philly civil trial in '13 collapse that crushed Salvation Army store.  http://bit.ly/2cGgrAH 

Sep 29, 2016

Imprisoned N Philly contr Griffin Campbell testifies in Philly civil trial - via video deposition - about deadly '13 building collapse. More

Sep 28, 2016

Philly collapse trial on hold this AM as lawyers, judge handle evidence issues. Trial cont's PM. with retail expert.  http://bit.ly/2czjyW6 

Sep 27, 2016

Expert: Salvation Army ignored danger warnings, should have closed Philly thrift shop in '13 collapse that killed 6.  http://bit.ly/2czjyW6 

Sep 27, 2016

SF retail consultant Robert Bartlett to testify in Philly civil trial in '13 Salvation Army collapse. Will talk about SA's safety policies.

Sep 26, 2016

Building industry expert back on stand as 2d week begins in Philly civil trial in deadly '13 collapse of Salvation Army building.

Sep 23, 2016

Building failure expert resumes testimony Monday in Philly civil trial on deadly '13 Salvation Army collapse.  http://bit.ly/2cJkyI4 

Sep 23, 2016

Construction expert says Philly architect bears main responsibility for deadly '13 Salvation Army collapse.  http://bit.ly/2cJkyI4 


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