Justice Thomas Warren found Portland landlord Gregory Nisbet innocent of manslaughter charges today in his Portland courtroom. However, Nisbet was found guilty of a misdemeanor – a window that was too small to permit anyone to exist from it. Nisbet still has to face a civil trial.
Nisbet waived his right to a jury trial – that began earlier this month.
Almost two years ago, November 1, 2014, a 3-alarm fire took the lives of a total of six (6) young people following a Halloween party the evening before. It was the worst fire in more than forty (40) years in Portland and attracted national media attention. The devastating fire began in a smoking receptacle on the front porch of the Noyes Street building.
Following the fire Portland established a fire safety task force that was run by city employee Julie Sullivan. No renters were allowed to participate in the meetings,despite numerous requests.to do so. As a result of the task force a Housing Safety Office was established in December of 2015 at city hall.
It was administered by Arthur Howe.. .