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Verdict Expected Thursday in Fatal Crane Collapse Case

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A verdict is expected Thursday in the manslaughter case stemming from a deadly crane collapse in Midtown two years ago.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Roger Hayes is now weighing the future of crane rigger William Rapetti, who declined a jury.

On Monday, closing arguments from both sides drew competing pictures of what caused a cascade of failures that brought down the crane.  Prosecutors say the crane fell because Rapetti did a reckless job of using four heavy-duty polyester straps.  

Defense lawyers focused on problems with pinholes that helped anchor the beams used to link the crane to the building.  Seven people died in the accident.

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