HDSM Attorneys Successfully Oppose Motion To Delay West Fertilizer Plant Explosion Case

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the State District Court judge who is presiding over the West fertilizer explosion case denied a defense request to delay proceedings by (at minimum) 90 days.

The defense request claimed that an ongoing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) criminal investigation related to the explosion could impact the case. Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison (HDSM) partner Steve Harrison, as quoted after the decision in the Waco Trib, sums up part of the counter argument:

"The victims of the explosion don't deserve to have their lives continued to be put on hold, especially based on a reason that no one can ever say will materialize."

The judge found this and other related arguments convincing enough to deny the defense counsel's request. This procedural win allows the case to move forward, and allows HDSM and other law firms involved in the litigation seek justice for their clients in a timely fashion.