'Black Sunday' guilty verdicts overturned

THE BRONX - A judge Tuesday overturned convictions against the building company and landlord Cesar Rios in the so-called "Black Sunday" fatal fire case.

Rios was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment for failing to remove illegal partitions that trapped several firefighters. Lt. Curtis Meyran and firefighter John Bellew jumped to their deaths while trying to escape the flames.

Judge Margaret Clancy said there wasn't enough evidence to substantiate the claim that Rios knowingly endangered someone.

"It's just an abuse of the system, and this liberal judge is ridiculous," said Meyran's widow, Jeanette, following the hearing.

Prosecutors can appeal the decision, but that could take at least a year.

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