When Torts Become Crimes; Six Manslaughter Convictions from a Construction Disaster

The intersections continue to increase between torts and crimes, and potential defendants need to pay attention. A recent example arises from six deaths in a construction disaster. LAW360 has the story in an October 19, 2015 article.  The short version is as follows, as explained by LAW360:

“Law360, Philadelphia (October 19, 2015, 2:43 PM ET) — A Philadelphia jury on Monday cleared contractor Griffin Campbell of murder charges but found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a case accusing him of negligently demolishing a building that collapsed in 2013, killing six people in a neighboring structure.

Prosecutors had charged Campbell with a half dozen counts of third-degree murder for what they said was his knowing use of unsound methods for the demolition of a building along Center City’s busy Market Street corridor that collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store in June 2013. The jury rejected the murder charges but found him guilty on six involuntary manslaughter charges.”

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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