Brooklyn Construction Site Owner Acquitted in Laborer's Death

Thursday, May 13, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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Brooklyn Construction Site Owner Acquitted in Laborer's Death

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Twenty-seven men who received prostate brachytherapy at the Philadelphia VA and four veterans' wives are seeking a total $58 million in damages for radiation errors at the hospital from 2002 to 2008, according to documents obtained by The Inquirer through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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A Brooklyn construction site owner has been acquitted of manslaughter in connection with a day laborer who was crushed to death while digging a trench.

William Lattarulo also was found not guilty Wednesday of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in the 2008 death of Lauro Ortega.

Prosecutors had sought to prove that Lattarulo was aware of the dangers at the site and ignored them. Part of a wall of a building next to the site collapsed, spilling rubble on Ortega, killing him.

Lattarulo still faces two civil lawsuits. One was filed by the victim's family and another by a family that lived in a house next door to the site that eventually had to be razed.

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