× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

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

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 13, 1987
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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

Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter;
Vasquez, Juan

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.