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Case Number: MC-51-CR-0014115-2017
Judge: Barbara A. McDermot
Court: Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Plaintiff's Attorney: Philadelphia District Attorney's office
Description: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represent defendant charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Brandon Bostian was the engineer in control of an Amtrak train that jumped the track at 100 mph killing 8 people in 2015.
Defendant was charged with having committed 200 crimes as a result of the derailment which killed 8 and injured hundreds of the passengers on the Washington-to_New York train on May 12, 205.
Mr. Bostian’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle, argued that “criminals” had been throwing stones at passenger trains in the area just before the crash and that radio broadcasts of those reports had caused Mr. Bostian to become distracted by “the madness of what was happening on the tracks.”
“Brandon made a mistake because of the distraction, and that’s not a crime,” he said. “I explained to the jury that good people make honest mistakes every day, and it’s not criminal conduct.”
Outcome: Defendant was acquitted.