Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- A New York jury said the owner of the World Trade Center was legally responsible in the 1993 terrorist bombing that killed six people and injured 1,000. The civil trial jury today found the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 68 percent liable for the attack, in which terrorists detonated explosives in a rented van in the 400-car garage under the former twin towers. The terrorists were 32 percent liable, the jury said. The trial consolidated more than 400 cases, including suits filed by people injured by the blast, the families of the dead and businesses. There will now be separate trials to determine damages for the various parties affected by the attack. "This was an extraordinary victory, and we're deeply grateful to the jurors,'' said David Dean, a lawyer for survivors and relatives of those who died. "This case was never about blaming the terrorists. It was always about the failure of the Port Authority to respond to their own reports and to the advice of others. The garage should have been closed.'' The liability finding of greater than 50 percent allows the plaintiffs to seek full payment of damages from the Port Authority, Dean said. A lawyer for the Port Authority said it will appeal.I guess I can understand that. Man, when I first came to New York, I worked in both the WTC and the WFC on the midnight shifts. We used to wander around that part of town in the middle of the night in search of the 24-hour delis in the vicinity. In those days, downtown was totally dead after 6:00 p.m., as though the morning crowd was the mass of fans attending a daily NFL game. Stop me if I've told this story before, but when I was working at 60 Wall Street on the same schedule, I remember going out to smoke one night and seeing a U-Haul sitting out front for hours, not a conscious security guard in sight. And who could blame 'em? $4.50 an hour guys. My mind immediately went to Timothy McVeigh, of course. Turned out to be nothing. But nobody seemed to really worried about protecting the prime real estate from the rest of the world. Hopefully, I'll soon be be working in Chelsea or elsewhere on the Wesside. Someplace too decrepit to dirty-bomb. Well, never mind. I'm still hanging around the apt. waiting for the job offers to ripen while the old lady schleps around walking yuppie dogs. She's very good at it, presents quite the responsible, likable face to the yuppie dog consumer. I blog a little, send off resumes, check out the Daily Heights, watch the necon cabal getting eaten by its own mindless noise machine. It's the life of Reilly, except for this freaking arthritis and the odd random shooting and the festering corpses. Gotta wait another couple of weeks before the COBRA kicks in. Portability, my ass.
Wednesday, October 26
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