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Puerto Rico / Hotel Fire Arrest / Attorneys' Actions #312490

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 13, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(San Juan, PR: Peter Van Sant) Arrest of hotel employee Hector Escudero Aponte for New Yr.'s Eve fire here at Dupont Plaza Hotel reported; death toll recalled. Details given, scenes shown. [FBI spokesperson James ESPOSITO - is confident.] [Justice secretary Hector RIVERA CRUZ - comments.] Escudero Aponte mentioned member of Teamsters union which was involved in labor dispute with Dupont at time of fire. [Survivor Joan BENEVENTO - praises arrest.] No. further possible arrests mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Miami, Florida: Juan Vasquez) Possible extent of litigation in suits against DuPont examined; details given, scenes shown. [Survivor John BENEVENTO - thinks attys. were seeking out survivors before Red Cross arrived.] Ethical issues involved considered. [Attys. John COALE, Stanley ROSENBLATT - disagree on issue.] Amt. paid in claims from Air Florida crash 5 years ago, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. Grand Hotel fire and expected claims from San Juan tragedy noted. Ad placed last week in "Baltimore Sun" by attorney Romold Versaci seeking clients from Amtrak-Conrail collision show, discussed. [VERSACI - declines comment.] [COALE - recalls consequences for survivors of Delta's handling of them after 1985 Dallas crash.] [Victim's widow Kathy REYNOLDS - describes Delta's attempt to defame her character in court] [ROSENBLATT - recalls peers' reaction to suggestion that they help victims of Bhopal gas leak for free.] American Bar Association mentioned allowing advertising and direct solicitation as of next month

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter;
Vasquez, Juan
Duration:
00:05:10

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