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Legal Experts Preview Stage Collapse Reports

4/12/2012

Legal experts say two independent probes into last summer's Indiana State Fair stage collapse should address several major questions about the incident.

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Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi says the major issue should include: engineering and structure of the stage, state fair staff procedures and the role and responsibility of the Sugarland organization. The state hired Thornton Tomasetti and Witt Associates to investigate the entire incident including the venue, equipment, procedures and personnel. Seven people were killed and dozens of others injured in the collapse just moments before Sugarland was supposed to take the stage during a concert August 13th.

IU McKinney School of Law Professor Andrew Klein says the fallout for the state - if there is any - may be more political than legal given caps on liability claims. Ultimately, Klein says the state's hiring of independent firms to probe the incident speaks well of transparency even in the face of possible criticism.

 

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