Salvation Army can be asked about thrift store finances

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Salvation Army can be asked about thrift store finances
Alfred Lubrano,
Salvation Army officials can
be asked in a deposition
about the agency's net worth
as well as the profitability of
the thrift store at 22nd and
Market Streets that collapsed in June 2013, Philadelphia Common Pleas
Court Judge Mark Bernstein
ruled during a hearing Monday.
Take down the wall, was
sentenced to 71/2 to 15
Attorney Andrew Stern,
who represents Mariya
Plekan, who lost both legs in
the collapse, said in court
Monday that the Salvation
Army "present themselves
like a benevolent charity,
but they are a business with
Sept. 6 is scheduled as the an $11 billion net worth,"
start date for a civil trial that similar, he said, to Nike.
consolidates 20 lawsuits He added that the thrift store
stemming from the collapse. was kept open during the
Six people were killed and demolition because the Sal13 injured when the unsup- vation Army feared "they'd
ported masonry wall of a lose profits." He said the
four-story building that was store was the Salvation
being demolished toppled Army's "most profitable."
and flattened the adjoining
Salvation Army attorney
Joseph Gorman said he
Griffin Campbell, 51, a planned to file a motion in
North Philadelphia demoli- April that will dispute
tion contractor, was sen- Stern's allegations. He questenced last month to 15 to tioned the relevance of the
30 years in prison for his profits of the store.
role in the collapse. Sean
Benschop, 44, the excavator
operator Campbell hired to