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Lawyer for victims: Recklessness led to building collapse

Posted September 19

— A lawyer for the victims of a Philadelphia building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 others inside a thrift store says a long chain of recklessness caused the tragedy.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2cZjapt ) lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi said in Monday's opening statements the two cut-rate contractors convicted in the collapse were clueless and negligent but "so was everybody else involved."

The defendants include the owner and architect of a building that collapsed as it was being demolished and buried people in rubble inside the adjacent Salvation Army store. The Salvation Army is being sued for keeping the store open during the June 2013 demolition.

The judge had barred parties and their lawyers from talking to reporters during jury selection. The defense will have opening statements Tuesday.

The contractors are serving lengthy prison terms.

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