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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Great White Litigation Post-Plea

After loud displeasure with the criminal pleas by the owners of the Station nightclub where 100 people were killed by a pyrotechnic display gone bad, survivors say they're hoping that the civil suit will do more to ensure accountability.

James Gahan, whose 21-year-old son, Jimmy, died in the fire, said he is hoping the civil case will assign responsibility to everyone who contributed to the tragedy.

"If the criminal system is not going to follow through and make them accountable, the only thing we have left is the civil system," Gahan said.

Once judgment is entered on the guilty pleas, the individuals will be compelled to answer questions without any Fifth Amendment concerns.

The Smoking Gun has Great White's contract rider, which makes no reference to pyrotechnics.

Addition: I forgot that I posted earlier about the civil litigation, including a copy of the docket and complaint.

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