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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.

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