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A prosecutor at the trial of three construction supervisors charged in the deaths of two firefighters at the former Deutsche Bank building told the jury on Monday that the defendants had “put profit over people,” a decision that led to the deaths and put the lives of hundreds of firefighters, inspectors and workers at risk.

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Brian J. Fields, laid out the government’s case in his opening statement on the first day of the trial, saying that it was “all about money” and that “the evidence will establish that defendants took that risk for money — they gambled with lives for money.”

The three men, and the demolition contractor for which two of them worked, the John Galt Corporation, are charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

No one could have predicted. Up next, Dr. Payne Phil Malpractice charged with an excruciating botched surgery.


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    Valdivia says:


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    Valdivia says:


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    Valdivia says:

    Ooops. double comment and can’t edit.

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    ErikdaRed says:

    I guess the question, “Who is John Galt” will be answered for a lot of the public and the answer won’t be a good one.

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    Poopyman says:

    Oh, it’s better than that, John:

    A mob-linked company charged in the deaths of two firefighters in the Deutsche Bank fire was ordered Thursday to pay back wages to a worker who complained about safety violations at the Ground Zero site.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Seriously? The John Galt Corporation?

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    Isn’t this exactly how it’s supposed to work for Libertarians? Corporations can do whateverthefucktheywant to make money and if that, say, kills your kid, you just sue!

    When you win your lawsuit that makes everything okay!

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    BGinCHI says:

    Is their lawyer Seymour Butz?

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    Zifnab says:

    But in the books, it was the evil unions that busted up the project. Surely – I mean, SURELY – the John Galt Company can’t be responsible for the flaws in construction. This has to be the work of those incompetent, malicious, unionized workers that the developers were forced to hire.

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    Judas Escargot says:

    Those firefighters were gubbmint employees, and probably unionized. And therefore, by definition, parasites and second-handers. This furthermore defines them as irrational, evil and expendable.

    See? Objectivist Epistemology makes it all so simple!

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    El Cid says:

    Too bad they aren’t kidnappers and child dismemberers too, as then they would really attract Ayn Rand’s admiration.

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    Stooleo says:

    Are they being represented by the law firm of Dewey Cheatham and Howe?

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    Is their lawyer Seymour Butz?

    No, but the firm is Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe.

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    BGinCHI says:

    It’s nice to know that one of the most powerful lobbyists in DC is named Rich Gold.

    Via Benen:


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    joeyess says:

    That damn 1st Amendment is such a fickle lover.

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    joeyess says:

    @Valdivia: That’s ok. this story is double OMG worthy.

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    Maude says:

    The DoJ also got a fraud conviction for a mortgage company cheater this week. Not a mortgage holder, but the lender.
    It was in the NYT and I forgot the name of the cheater.
    Are things looking up?

    Edit: spelling, still have on my training wheels.

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    kdaug says:

    @BGinCHI: No, it’s Dewey, Cheatem,and Howe.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Roger Moore: I would like to introduce these guys to I. P. Freeley.

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    ruemara says:

    even Mr. Mara thinks this is an Onion bit.

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    Lysana says:

    And that is what the late, great Herb Caen would’ve called a namephreak.


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    opie jeanne says:

    The possible penalty is far too light. A $10k fine for the company?

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    opie jeanne says:

    @Janet Strange: Only after limited liability laws are firmly in place.

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    Joe Lisboa says:

    Is their lawyer Seymour Butz?

    Nah, Lionel Hutz.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    I believe you are only supposed to trust John Galt if he comes offering a perpetual energy machine.

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    MikeJ says:

    @joeyess: I get the idea you think you just had a zinger of some sort but I can’t for the life of me understand what you think it could be.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    Obama’s sending Predator drones into Libya.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    Maybe they’re the Arab League’s robot planes, like the robot planes that carried out all those airstrikes in Yemen that the Yemeni government took credit for.

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    I would be surprised if the CEO doesn’t get a bonus. It shows he was looking out for the stockholders.

    Massey is another good example. According to them, it wasn’t their greed that caused the mining deaths. It was the fault of the regulators.

    From the WSJ

    Don Blankenship, the former Massey Energy Co. chief executive who retired after the worst U.S. coal mining accident in four decades, earned $10.4 million last year on top of receiving a $12 million retirement package, the company said.
    Mr. Blankenship left the Richmond, Va., coal miner in December as the company continued to deal with the repercussions of an April explosion at its Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W. Va., that killed 29 workers.
    His retirement paved the way for Massey to agree in January to sell itself to Alpha Natural Resources Inc. in a deal valued at $7.1 billion.
    Mr. Blankenship will receive $12 million in his retirement package. He got $2 million of that on Dec. 31 and is due to receive the rest on July 1, according to a company filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
    On top of that, last year, Blankenship earned $10.4 million, a decrease of 42% from his previous year’s pay of $17.8 million.

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    I’m almost positive that BJ has talked about the John Galt corporation before.

    Here’s an old NY Times article about them:

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    AAA Bonds says:

    Even the liberal David Ignatius:

    My quick reaction, as a journalist who has chronicled the growing use of drones, is that this extension to the Libyan theater is a mistake. It brings a weapon that has become for many Muslims a symbol of the arrogance of U.S. power into a theater next door to the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the most promising events in a generation. It projects American power in the most negative possible way.

    So are these still not airstrikes? What are we allowed to call them and still be down with all those Ivy Leaguers in the White House who like to chill and drink beers with average Democrats like you and me?

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    shortstop says:

    Is there a Hugh Jass here?

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    BGinCHI says:

    @shortstop: Let’s leave Cole’s posterior out of this.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Oh, yes. IIRC, it was established a couple of years ago that the John Galt Corporation is a judgment-proof shell.

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    agorabum says:

    I think the Galt Co. has also “gone Galt” in that it is bankrupt / no longer in business.
    Firefighters in Galt’s Gulch better look out.

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    BARRASSO says:

    It won’t be Dewey Cheatam and Howe it will probably be Hackey Joke and Doneit.

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    It will be interesting to see if the defendants express any remorse in court. If they’re really on board with this John Galt business, the allegation of “putting profit over people” should be a badge of honor.

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    Kyle says:

    Speaking of truth in advertising, have we completely made the loop to anticipating the lack of truth in advertising when Canada Dry GINGER ale has commercials that extol the fact that their GINGER ale has real GINGER in it?

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    Justice A. Nicholas Fivepenny, presiding.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Mike Hunt headed their safety advisory committee and Ben Dover headed employee relations.

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    alwhite says:

    I just want to cry. its not like this is unpredictable. Its not like human nature would not predict exactly this outcome. I hate humanity, we do not deserve to survive any longer if we as a group are so fucking stupid as to not understand this. And yet here we are – I just want to cry.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Kyle: LIke taco bell meat, that’s not actually meat?

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    quaint irene says:

    Hey, “Rational selfishness,” y’all.

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    Wolfdaughter says:


    No, BG, this guy is one of the one percent, whose taxes we can’t raise because we’ll ruin the trickle down economy.

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    Mike G says:

    But if we raise taxes he might Go Galt, and we’d be bereft without the societal benefit of his homicidal negligence.

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    lou says:

    Michael Gerson just came out with an anti-Ayn Rand column!
    Can lightning strike in the same place twice?

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