November 18, 2008
Prof testifies in Empire State stunt case
A professor says it's possible for an object falling from the top of New York City's Empire State Building to hit the ground despite it's wedding-cake shape.
New York University physics Professor David Grier, however, told a jury Monday an object -- such as stunt-parachutist Jeb Corliss -- would have to be propelled sideways, perhaps by a 10-mph gust of wind, when leaving the building's observation deck, the New York Post reported.
A 10-mph breeze could have blown Corliss sideways far enough for him to clear the lower parts of the building, Grier told Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber, adding,
that's roughly the speed with which you would swing a hammer, the newspaper reported.