By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An attorney representing one of the defendants in the fatal center city building collapse case has been found in contempt by a judge for violating a gag order in the case.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society To Preview Plans For 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
Attorney William Hobson, who represents demolition contractor Griffin Campbell, today was fined $100 and cautioned about his future conduct.
Hobson commented to reporters after developments in a civil case arising from the fatal demolition collapse in June of last year.READ MORE: Firefighters Save Bride's Wedding Dress After Fire Breaks Out At Normandy Farm Hotel In Blue Bell
Today, Hobson told the judge he believed he was permitted to comment on the civil case without violating the gag order in the criminal case.
But Judge Benjamin Lerner says Hobson was wrong, and cited him for contempt.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update
Campbell, who was in court for the contempt hearing, and heavy equipment operator Sean Benschop are in custody, charged with six counts of murder and other offenses.
But the defense has said previously that Campbell and Benschop are scapegoats, that others are responsible for decisions and actions that led to the collapse. The comments that got attorney Hobson in trouble generally went to that contention.