Thomas Harding's legal team calls for railway inquiry and dropped charges

Emily Campbell\ CJAD News

The legal team of Thomas Harding, the train engineer accused of criminal negligence in the Lac Megantic disaster, want Harding's charges dropped.

In a press conference Thursday, his layer, Thomas Walsh, called for a public inquiry into the way trains are regulated in Canada.

Thomas Harding's lawyer says that Harding is being pinned as the "fall guy" when responsibility runs up the entire chain of command.

Lawyer Thomas Walsh says that charging Harding for his mistakes isn't in the interest of Canadians.

"It's not going to fix anything, it's not going to bring anybody back," says Walsh, "It's certainly not going to the ensure the safety of people in the community."

The team is now calling for a public inquiry into Canadian train transport, claiming that many trains are in disrepair, including the train that night.

They say an inquiry will do more to ensure the safety of the public than locking up their client.

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  1. Richard posted on 08/28/2014 09:21 PM
    He claims it wont bring anybody back..true, but what if they applied that logic to murderers?
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