Fifty prospective witnesses may be called to testify after the defense in the June 2013 building collapse asked Judge Benjamin Lerner to schedule an expedited trial. Mayor Nutter was included on the filed list, which was drawn up by the attorney’s of Sean Benschop and Griffin Campbell, both of who are currently in prison.
Representing Benschop and Campbell, respectively, are Daine A. Grey Jr. and William D. Hobson. Benschop had been the hired excavator operator in the demoliton and Campbell, the contractor.
The fact that Nutter is on the list does not mean he’s to blame in any way. According to Joseph A. Slobodzian of the Inquirer, Dobson said “[w]e believe they are clearly relevant witnesses.” “They” meaning those from the Nutter administration included on the list:
In addition to the mayor, the suggested defense witnesses include Everett Gillison, Nutter’s chief of staff and deputy mayor for public safety; Mary Stitt, chief of staff in the managing director’s office; Alan Greenberger, the deputy mayor for economic development; and Carlton Williams, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections.