California IN BRIEF : OAKLAND : Injured Parachutist Escapes Charges

From Times staff and Wire reports

Authorities have decided a broken back is punishment enough and will not file charges against a man who parachuted from an unfinished high-rise. John Carta, 44, a former Green Beret whose hobby is parachuting from skyscrapers and bridges, fractured his back in three places when his parachute failed Thursday.

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