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No charges in Hart tragedy
But civil suit will go ahead

By IAN WILSON -- Calgary Sun
  Criminal charges will not be laid in the death of Calgary wrestler Owen Hart, but that should not affect the outcome of a wrongful death lawsuit, says a lawyer for the family.
 "Criminal and civil matters are two separate issues," said Calgary lawyer Pamela Fischer.
 "They are two different proceedings and I don't think it will have any impact on our case."
 Jackson County prosecutor Robert Beaird said yesterday there is no basis for an involuntary manslaughter charge against a cable rigging co-ordinator.
 "Such a charge requires that there be a substantial and unjustifiable risk of death, that the risk was disregarded and that the disregard was a gross deviation from what a reasonable person would do under the circumstances," he said.
 Hart, 34, fell 24 metres from a cable while being lowered into the ring at a WWF event at Kansas City's Kemper Arena on May 23.
 The cable's harness release opened early.
 The WWF responded to Beaird's announcement on their website by saying, "it further supports the World Wrestling Federation's belief as to the truly accidental nature of Owen Hart's death.
 "Hart's accident was one of those extremely unfortunate tragedies that sometimes occur despite the best of precautions. Owen will always be deeply missed by his friends and colleagues at the World Wrestling Federation."
 Hart's widow, Martha, and other family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit in June against the WWF, the city and 11 others.
 -- with files from AP

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