Deutsche Bank Charges

A grand jury probe into the fire at the former Deutsche Bank building may not result in criminal indictments

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Prosecutors say the city has what's known as "sovereign immunity" and will not face charges from the fire that resulted in the death of two firefighters.

And the lead contractor Bovis Lend Lease could not survive a criminal indictment for homicide which could put in jeopardy the completion of billions of dollars of public and private projects.

But the investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's office revealed multiple failures of oversight and compliance and is expected to lead to unprecedented settlements holding both the city and the private contractor to major reforms.

The firefighter families are pressing for more accountability and were not pleased with the proposed settlement prosecutors outlined in closed door sessions with the District Attorney's office.

For WNYC I'm Bob Hennelly.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by