Hearing off for architect in fatal Philadelphia collapse

Firefighters view the aftermath of a building collapse, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, the building under demolition collapsed onto a neighboring thrift store, killing six people and injuring 14, including one who was pulled from the debris nearly 13 hours later. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 16, 2013 11:22:06 AM PDT
A hearing has been postponed for a Philadelphia architect fighting a subpoena to turn over documents in a fatal building collapse.

Plato Marinakos has been asked to turn over his demolition plan, photographs and related correspondence to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

His lawyer has refused to release some of the documents, citing Marinakos' Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

A Philadelphia grand jury investigation is underway in the June 5 collapse, which killed six people inside an adjacent thrift store.

Demolition subcontractor Sean Benschop is the only person charged so far. He is facing six counts of involuntary manslaughter. Several civil lawsuits have also been filed.

Benschop was never named on the demolition permit. It was issued to Marinakos, an "expediter" working for developer Richard Basciano.


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