E2 Owners Countersue
Once again, the City is stampeded to do something, anything in the wake of mass stupidity. So they decide to go all out on an obscure building code violation of all things. A first year lawyer can see where this is headed:
- The owners of the former E2 nightclub are suing the City of Chicago for $4 million a year after a state appeals court dismissed their convictions in connection with a 2003 stampede that killed 21 people
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday, claims Calvin Hollins and Dwain Kyles were unfairly accused of criminal contempt by city prosecutors and, as a result, suffered financial and emotional distress.
[...] City prosecutors pressed on with criminal contempt charges by arguing that Hollins and Kyles failed to follow a judge’s order to close the second floor of the club because of structural problems.
A judge in 2009 agreed and sentenced Hollins and Kyles to two years in prison, but the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the convictions in November of 2011, saying it was not clear how the building code violation caused the deaths or injuries.
Another Daley legacy via Corp Counsel, potentially costing taxpayers millions, that the city could have avoided.
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