Date: 01/19/18 14:56
Lac Megantic Tragedy: All Defendants Not Guilty of All Charges
On the ninth day of deliberations, the Lac Megantic jury returned verdicts of not guilty of all criminal charges for all three defendants.
Civil litigation continues.
CBC News Tweets:
"An audible gasp was heard in the courtroom when the not guilty verdicts were announced, the CBC's Sarah Leavitt reports. The judge then thanked the jury for their work, noting it was a difficult case."
"Thomas Harding's lawyer says his client has always admitted he didn't follow the rules, but the jury has now agreed that does not equate to criminal negligence."
"Train engineer Thomas Harding bears a tremendous morale responsibility for the Lac-Mégantic train tragedy, lawyer says. Says Harding will bear that burden for the rest of his life."
"Traffic controller Richard Labrie delivers tearful message to people of Lac-Mégantic following his acquittal on a charge of criminal negligence. Says he has always been thinking about them, praises their 'tremendous courage' throughout the tragedy."
"Brother of 1 of the 47 Lac-Mégantic victims says he is not surprised at the acquittal. Richard Custeau tells CBC he never thought the 3 people charged would be jailed.
He says the tragedy never would have happened if the company had been more responsible." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lac-megantic-criminal-negligence-verdict-1.4474848 https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/lac-megantic-trial-verdicts-all-three-not-guilty-1.3766398