9/11 Victims Compensation Fund
Following is another article by the prolific writer and poet, Jerry Mazza.
This is both the story of the Bavis family, which is getting the first civil
trial ever for their son Mark. Yet Ellen Mariani, whose husband Neil was
lost on the same flight F 175 that hit Tower 2, has not gotten a trial or a
financial reward. In fact, her stepdaughter Loren Mariani Peters seems to be
negotiating a side-deal with the airlines. Ellen, by the way, is a senior
citizen on Social Security, going to food banks, Good Will for warm
clothing, and caring for mentally-challenged individuals and solders in her
own home. The story reeks of corruption.
A tale of two families' 9/11 deaths
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund: cui bono?
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor
Jun 22, 2007, 01:10
Thursday, June 14 -- I’m taking notes in Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein’s spacious courtroom atop the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street in New York. This as lawyers from United Air Lines, American Airlines, Boeing Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, World Trade Center Properties, et al, make a motion for a determination of applicable law and for dismissal of all punitive damage claims as well as certain government discovery in the 9/11 damage suits.
The fleet of high-priced lawyers fills half the paneled courtroom. A packed gallery fills the other half. Among the corporate legal fleet are a smaller number of lawyers for the remaining plaintiffs who did not take the 9/11 Victim Compensation money. One of plaintiffs’ lawyers, Greg Joseph, is noted to say, “Any trial is a good trial.”