April 30, 2008

Port Authority To Blame In 1993 WTC Attack

A state appeals court on Tuesday upheld a jury's verdict that the Port Authority was chiefly to blame for the 1993 terrorist bombing at the twin towers.

In a blistering decision, a five-judge panel unanimously agreed with a Manhattan judge who last year refused to throw out the jury's 2005 verdict. The jury found the PA ignored years of warnings that the towers were a "prime" terrorist target.

"The jury got it right, the judge got it right, and the appeals court got it right," said David Dean, a lawyer who represented the victims of the attack at trial. "And the Port Authority got it all wrong."

Six people were killed in the February 1993 attack, when terrorists loaded a rented Ryder van with explosives, parked it in an underground garage and took off after lighting a 10-minute fuse. The blast, which packed the power of 1,500 pounds of dynamite, blew a crater six stories deep.

The jury found the PA was liable for 68% of the attack, with the rest being pinned on the terrorists. The PA had faced more than 500 lawsuits, though most have been settled. "We've resolved all but a few dozen of the remaining cases ... and look forward to resolving those, as well," spokesman Steve Coleman said.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hobbes, I dislike the New York Power Authority as much as the next guy, but I think you mis-typed the headline on this piece.

Anonymous said...

Yea, I'm surprised the headline did'nt blame Christy.

Anonymous said...

For you typing/spelling critics....didn't.... is the proper contraction. You both got it wrong. People who live in glass houses.....

Hobbes said...

Sorry about the error, thank you for pointing it out.

Anonymous said...

But anonymous, me not a blogger who knows everything.

Anonymous said...

Hobb's can't we blame Rob Daly too?

DS said...

I would like to know how the Port Authority is MORE TO BLAME then the terrorist who blew up the bomb. How insane is this?

Larry Castellani said...

I heard it was the Wilson baseball team that did it.

Anonymous said...

I heard mike norris was on the bus with the baseball team.

Anonymous said...

I heard Dan Rivera was on the bus because Mark Panepinto asked him to be.

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