Wednesday 18 October 2017

Closure of criminal probe shifts focus to civil suits

The focus for the families of the five victims now shifts to impending civil suits, which were filed last November. Stock picture
The focus for the families of the five victims now shifts to impending civil suits, which were filed last November. Stock picture
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The decision by prosecutors in the US not to pursue criminal charges over the Berkeley balcony collapse is not entirely unexpected.

As has been clear from quite early in the investigation process, there were a number of factors which are likely to have contributed to tragedy.

Some of these are alleged to be human failings while others were caused by prevailing weather conditions.

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