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shows. his lawyer says bastion had a a concussion. he wants to cooperate fully, he can not remember the moment of the crash. as for the evidence, the locomotive's dash camera is set to show that not only did the train not slow down as it entered a dangerous curve, it sped up. and not just a little, a lot. from 70 to more than 100 miles per hour in just around a minute. bastion's friends and colleagues say he would never have deliberately been reckless as philadelphia's mayor had publicly charged just hours after the wreck had happened. that brings me to cnn's erin mcglocklin. friends are talking about how passionate this man has been about trains since he was a kid. and they're also talking about some of the comments now that he's been making regarding safety. can you just fill us in a little more on the profile of the engineer with respect to this,
erin? >> hi. 32-year-old brandon bastion is someone who is very concerned about train safety. a series of posts to a train forum, he laments that railroads were not more pro active in installing positive train control. that is the same safety system that in a grim ironic twist the ntsb says could have prevented the crash of amtrak 188. let me read you to some of the posts that we believe bastion made to that online forum. one post, dated march 11th, 2011. he writes, "i wish the railroads had been more pro active in adopting active signalling systems from the get-go. it's easy for them to cry foul that the 2015 deadline is unreasonable but the reality is that they have had nearly 100 years of opportunity to
implement some sort of system to mitigate human error, but with a few notable exceptions, have failed to do so." and then in another posting dated august 15, 2012, we believe bastion wrote, "at any point over the previous 80 years the railroad could have volunteerly implemented some form of speed enforcement technology where that chatsworth, california, wreck took place but instead it took an act of congress to get them to do it just like it did with air brakes and automatic couplers." a reference to the 2008 chatsworth train cash that killed 85. after that train crash, they mandated positive control be install installed. a deadline that experts say is looking unlikely the railroads are going to meet. for its part, amtrak says they plan to install positive train control throughout the northeast corridor by the end of december. >> yeah, that plan is what the congress told them to do.
the congress isn't without blame here, too. there are a lot of accusations flying around about who is causing all of the hurdles. one last question for you. the news broke that this engineer does plan to sit down with the ntsb or he agreed to do so. any idea what they want to get out of him apart from the obvious? any specifics that they want to actually have him guide them through? >> well, we know that the ntsb members have said they plan on sitting down with bastion and they're going to present him with a blank piece of paper and a pen. and ask him to really paint a picture of everything that he remembers that happened that fateful night. memory being, of course, a key issue here. his lawyer has said that he does not remember all of the events from that evening due to the concussion that he sustained from the crash. the lawyer does say, though, that it is possible that one
concussion subsides, his memory could return. >> all right. erin, thank you, reporting live from philadelphia. thank you. i also want to give you a chance to hear from some of the people who are close to that engineer, brandon bostian including one person that spoke with him the very night of the derailment. >> i spoke with him. he said he was in the incident. he did not remember much. he couldn't remember much. he said he had some staples and stitches and he was sore. he was in some pain. he couldn't really talk to me, obviously, because he was getting -- he was getting taken care of in the e.r. >> ever see him drinking? >> never. >> ever see him too sleepy? texting? >> no. >> phone calls? >> never had his phone out. it didn't matter what the situation was. never had his phone out. >> let me ask you, what do you think happened? >> i -- i honestly don't know. i really believe something
happened prior to him getting to that curve. we all know what the speed limits are. and it's not a mystery to us. and again, i went up and down the rails with brandon hundreds of times. >> anybody that's known brandon will tell you first thing, he loves trains. he love might be an understatement. that is something he always talked about. something, you know, as a 17, 18-year-old boy he would come back from family vacations with souvenirs of subways and the trains he took and he wouldn't talk about the places. he talked about the trains. >> i want to talk about the trains. now with someone else, rick it withly, former derailment investigator for the freight line. rick, you're a perfect person, a perfect source of the questions that i have about this. first and foremost, we don't know yet what the information is on that black box. we don't know what caused that train to speed up, whether it
was operator or whether it might have been mechanical. is there something that you can help me understand in terms of what might have happened if you're giving the benefit of the doubt to this engineer, what might have happened if it wasn't him at the throttle pushing it forward? >> well, if it was electrical or mechanical, then it's him on the throttle. so something happened a few minutes prior to this. and the train increases speed. the way this all could be prevented is to simply have another engineer up there with him. you don't need all the other safety controls, all the other money that they want to invest. just put another engineer on there, a qualified engineer. the same that you have a pilot and co-pilot on a plane. >> so i have seen that suggested but if this in fact rick is mechanical because this engineer's lawyer told "good morning america" that the last thing the engineer remembered is
he tried to reduce the speed. but when pushed, does he remember hitting the emergency brake? he said, no, that's not what he remembered. so what i'm asking, is would there have been something he would have been trying to do but it was not working? meaning that throttle was not working. and if that's the case, will the black box save him? does his fate rest with the black box and it is fallible? >> well, it's already indicated that the throttle came out and that the speed increased. that question is already answered. the problem is dynamic brake kog have been a possibility. the increase of the dynamic brake can increase the throttle speed. he failed to put the selector switch into the brake mode and then come you on the throttle. the throttle increases then, thinking it's going to resist and slow them down. and just the opposite. so could be something wrong with
that nature. he deserves the benefit of the doubt. >> without question he deserves the benefit of the doubt. with so many possibilities that we have to be open to all of them. can i ask you, speaking of the number of possibilities, the investigation of one of the more recent crashes where i think four people died when a metro north train went off the tracks on a curve in the bronx, that is almost a year and a half ago. and they just announced the resolution to it yesterday. that the engineer will not be charged even though he had fallen asleep. so that is a year and a half. should we expect, rick, that this is going to take upwards of a year before they can exhaust the facts and truly get to the answers? >> well, putting all the analytical information together from the different departments, the car department, the track department, the engine, the electrical circuits on the engine itself, the throttle,
what they have o to say about the whole thing, it's quite investigative. it tazkes a long time it put it together. so six months is not unusual. >> not unusual. rick whitley, good of you to join us. thank you for your insights. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> whitley joining us, thank you, again former derailment investigator for conrail in atlanta. we want to let you know that funeral services in hue let, new york, were held for a train crash victim justin dempster. he was 20 years old. his mother said he was a community minded loving son, a nephew and cousin. his funeral service included full military honors with a bugler and per tradition, the brigade of midshipman flag was thrown at half-staff at the naval academy as well. he was one of eight, eight passengers who were all killed in that derailment. we cannot sum them up in bullet
points. but we want you to know at least something about them. the senior vice president of wells fargo hospitality finance group. his wife says he was a find family man who did his most to help others. jim gains, worked as a video software architect for the associated press. he was 48 years old. he had two kids. his family says he was more precious to them than they can express. rachael jenkins, ceo of a small tech company called aprennet. she was plard and leaves behind a 2-year-old son. her family says she was a wonderful mother devoted to her family. derrick griffith, dean of student affairs and enrollment manage. for city university of new york. and he leaves behind a son. robert gildersleeve was the
father of two teenagers. his sister-in-law says he was a super great dad and husband. >> giuseppe piras was visiting the united states on business. he was a wine and oil merchant. his family told an italian newspaper that he took the train because he had missed a flight on tuesday. >> laura finamore was 47 and a managing director at curbman and wakefield. she leaves behind three brothers. her family says her smile could light up a room. coming up nement, the first of what could be many lawsuits filed in this derailment disaster filed by an injured passenger. and there were upwards of 200 people hurt. so this one happens to be an amtrak employee. but how likely are the big payouts? and how tricky is a lawsuit like this when so many people are being pointed to as to blame?
amtrak employee bruce phillips is the first crash victim to file a lawsuit against his employer after train 188 derailed. he was in the rear of the train. he was commuting back to new york and his injuries are reportedly extensive including a traumatic brain injury. here is the legal twist that koim pact philip's lawsuit and others if they choose to go the same route and file suit against amtrak. amtrak's liability for the crash in philadelphia may be capped at $200 million. and the question of whether that will be enough to compensate the victim has already looming over
this tragedy. remember, 200 were injured. eight people were killed. joining me now frommed in is attorney michael ollie who is representing bruce phillips. thank you for being us with. if you can just answer how is your client doing today? >> he's doing better. he's been released from the hospital which is good news. he's got a long road ahead of him. he still has major concussion. he has orthopedic and neurological injuries. he will be out of work for some period of time. but will hopefully work towards a recovery. >> so obviously at this very early stage, even the ntsb said they don't know exactly what happened and why the train sped up. could be mechanical. it could be an issue with the operator. it could be a lot of different things. we also know that the train control would have stopped it. it wasn't there. so with all of these looming questions, and that's just the tip of the iceberg, really, who are you suing exactly and how can you be so sure you're going after the right party? >> well, the right party in this
case is amtrak. amtrak is his employer. his situation is a little different in that he is covered under a federal employer's liability act which pertains to railroad employees. he was on his way to work at penn station. under that law, the railroad is required to provide him with a safe place to work. the fact that the train was going in excess of twice the legal limb it is a violation of federal regulations and as a matter of law, amtrak would be strictly liable to mr. phillips and the other amtrak crew members. >> what about the notion that we don't know what caused that to happen? i mean god forbid this is some kind of tampering issue. would that still be a liability issue for amtrak if it was completely out of their control? >> it may not under the federal employers liability act in that, you know, even if the equipment is defective in some ways, if it's tampered with, there is
case law to support the fact that the railroad is liable to mr. phillips and the other crew members in that situation. i haven't heard any evidence or allegation that the equipment was tampered with. we're simply going by the ntsb findings to date. first and foremos of which is the fact this train was going 106 miles an hour in a 50 mile an hour zone and there are regulation that's specifically limit restricted speed in certain areas. and this was a clear violation of that requirement. >> can i ask you is there any merit to the notion that the -- you know, the liability for what happens and then, of course, for what did not happen, meaning a control was not on the track to slow that train down no matter what made it speed up? you would extend that liability to say the fcc or to congress because there are a lot of people pointing fingers and blaming parties for being sluggish in getting that
positive train control on that section of track. does that make sense to you? >> no, not necessarily. amtrak did have a certain period of time within which to complete positive train control. they've been doing it throughout the northeast corridor. for whatever reason, they did not do it in this particular area. it was coming from new york into philadelphia. there is a concept in the law called federal pre-emption. and to make an argument that they did the railroad should have done more than what congress may have mandated or required, you're going to get into a legal battle based on federal pre-emption. i'm not saying it can't than hurdle can't be overcome. but it's going to be a legal issue. this case is in federal court. i suspect that all of these cases ultimately will wind up in federal court, most likely the eastern district of pennsylvania. and -- >> i didn't want to get too far into the weeds. i was reading a piece in "the
new york times." it talks about how amtrak is working feverishly to get this done, to get the positive train controls even on that section of track. the gear is. there the switch ain't on. effecti effectively, it's because the federal government did not give them the freedom to give those radio airwaves, just to talk simplistically by it. it forced them to go up by the mall for private companies. and not only that, there is also this technical need to make it homogenous, all railways need to be able to use the same stuff even though they don't have the same equipment and congress did not respond to at least one of the requests to boost the funding. so that they could make that happen. do you see where i'm going? there seems to be a lot of blame. >> i see where you're going. >> we know you can't sue the feds over that. >> right. correct. correct. >> even with the argument -- >> so in a sense amtrak's hands were tied. >> that is what we would expect to amtrak to argue in this situation. but what you have to look at is
the fact that even before you get to the issue of positive train control, you've got a situation where for whatever reason that locomotive went from 70 miles an hour to 106 miles an hour if a period of 39 seconds and reached a speed of 106 miles an hour on a curved track where the speed restriction was auto mil 50 miles an hour. positive train control could have stopped that situation. but the real issue is what brought on that situation? why was that train -- why was that locomotive going at that speed in excess of twice the limit? >> michael ollie, good to talk you to. we'll watch the case and see what happens. i think a lot of eyes at your firm as well want to know what the ntsb comes up with. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> coming up next, beyond the many injuries and lives lost in the philadelphia derailment, there is this temporary loss of a critical commuter route. it is disrupting thousands of lives. it is costing the economy
the economy. joining me with more on this toll is cnn's kristina aleshi. a lot of people are focused on the tragedy, why it happened, those who died and the toll ending. we found everybody we put everybody in place. we now established that. now we're starting to look at the impact. it is big. >> this is a major ripple effect. amtrak says it could cost $100 million a day in terms of productivity losses, travel-related expenses, huge hit to businesses. and if you really think about it, you're talking about 260 million people a year using this stretch of rail line. and the amtrak says that that workforce contributes $50 billion a year to the gdp of this country. and the reason why all of these numbers are important is because the u.s. government is now
debating federal support for an upgraded rail system, especially along the northeast corridor and implementing technology like positive train control. that is a dollars and cents argument. i saw one estimate that says it will cost the country $13 billion over the next 20 years. that doesn't seem like a lot of money when you put these numbers in frontst public like this. >> that is $13 billion over the next 20 years. >> yes. to implement -- that's a rough estimate. >> i mean that's a lot of money. if you think about -- you're right, the effect of a loss. that stops that from happening, not to mention the lives that are lost. >> exactly. >> you can't put a figure on that at all. in the meantime, i had to come back from fill i didn't think other day. we would normally come back via train. it was really tricky. we had to rent a car and drive back. and this is not easy to get around in traffic. 95 is choked. what are people doing? >> you're right. this rail line is used by politicians, by people on wall street. they don't have time to drive,
right? so they're paying up for air fair. here's the thing. a typical ticket between new york and d.c. as you know, costs between $200 to $400. >> it's not cheap. >> i went online today to see what the airfares were. i saw them for the main cabin up to $1,000. now the airlines -- >> isn't that gouging? >> i knew you were going to go there. >> $1,000 for a less than one hour trip? >> they said this isn't price gouging, this is a matter of people already bauought up the cheapest fares available. >> i have never in my life -- i lived in new york for over 15 years, i have never in my life seen an airfare from new york to washington or philadelphia or boston for $1,000. >> you're right. and there are consumer groups online that are calling the airlines out. they keep defending their position. the other alternative is take a bus. there are, you know, greyhound is offering --
>> i hear you. >> some cheap fares. that is not an efficient way. >> so greyhound is not offering $300 tickets. >> no. >> they're honoring amtrak tickets. >> are they really? that's good to know. you know what? it can be around the same time at times as well. you never know. >> depending on traffic. >> yeah. leave at 2:00 in the morning. christine yashgs thank you. critical information. i think it's lost in a lot of the other information. thank you for that. >> thanks for having me. >> mystery of that missing united states military helicopter in nepal. sadly, we now have answers. it ended tragically. nepal with the sad details next. wish your skin could bounce back like it used to? new neutrogena hydro boost water gel. with hyaluronic acid it plumps skin cells with intense hydration and locks it in. for supple, hydrated skin. hydro boost. from neutrogena. ...to cook healthy meals... yet up to 90% fall short in getting key nutrients from food alone.
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now it's easier than ever to manage your account. get started at xfinity.com/myaccount that u.s. military helicopter no longer missing in nepal because they have found it. sadly, the news is not good. marine corps search crews were holding out hope that help couldn't her just malfunctioned and that crew just couldn't communicate. but the burned wreckage and three bodies were found in the himalayans where the marines were supposed to be delivering emergency aid to people who survived that massive earthquake there. the helicopter carrying six u.s. moo reenz a marines and two soldiers from nepal went missing tuesday. let's get more from will
rippley. there is a delay between the two of us. help me understand only three bodies found. do they have any idea where the other victims may be, will? >> they believe that they are in the area around the crash site. but the description that we're getting, we haven't seen any images yet of the crash site. there may be a reason for that, why they're not released. apparent lit condition of the helicopter is not good. there was some sort of a fire. these three bodies that they have located were burned. and they continue to scour the area to look for the other people onboard. six u.s. marines, two nepali soldiers. to give you the sense of the emotion that people are feeling here, listen to this sound from a lieutenant general. you don't often hear somebody in that position choke up, but he did. >> it was a very severe crash and based on what we saw, the condition of the aircraft, we believe that there were no
survivors. they were courageous. they were selfless individuals dedicated to the international humanitarian aid mission here in nepal. we are deeply saddened by the discovery of this wreckage. and we will remain dedicated to the recovery effort until every last marine and nepali soldier is brought home. >> lieutenant general john wh wissler saying that they remain dedicated to nepal. there are so many thousands in desperate need of help and the americans were here to provide that help. now eight names, six u.s. marines and two nepali soldiers added to a long list of people, casualties. 8,460 confirmed dead here. >> will, it's amazing that they committed 400 nepalise soldiers to help find the servicemen. thank you for the update. will is going to continue on this story and keep us posted as to the other bodies as well. thank you, will. it's a really tough question
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those are the reasons that prosecution says that man should die for what he did versus the mitigating factors, and those are the reasons that defense attorney says you should spare this man's life. it is no simple feat, folks. the verdict form is 24 pages. so this could actually take days before they're able to just sort of get through it all, make sense of it and then start making decisions. the legal view, i want to bring in paul callon and former prosecutor and defense attorney joey jackson. guys, i think what we need to do here is that the viewers know what the task is like for these people who are in the jury room is actually show them what all these factors are. they need to think through. there are a lot of them. start with the statutory aggravating factors. death or injury resulting in death that occurred during the kmifgs a crime. he knowingly created grave risk or death to one or more persons. that he committed offense in heinous cruel and depraved
manner. he intentionally killed and attempted to kill more than one person. and then this is the little child, killed martin richard, who was particularly vulnerable due to youth. those are the statutories. i want to go through the nonstatutory. we have aggravators. we have a long list to consider. >> he suggested others would be justified in committing acts of violence and terror against the united states. that he caused injury, harm and loss to crystal campbell, martin richard, lindsey liu and officer sean collier, he targeted the boston marathon with men, women and children and demonstrated a lock of remorse. will tl are still more to go here. he murdered officer sean collier, a law enforcement officer performing his official duties, he participated in additional uncharged violent crimes. i want to stop right. there i just gone through the aggravators. but when you do that, and if you
look at them as a checklist, paul, slam dunk. there is a yes to every one of them. it is impossible to say no toive in the aggravators. >> the aggravators are the prosecutor's case. later on we'll be talking about mitigateors. i agree with you completely. they have to check off yes. they've convicted him already on most of these. i think you'll see yeses checked off. >> there is so little. the defense said, okay sh he did this. so let me go through the mitigators. joey, listen really carefully. there are targeted questions about what they have to do with this stuff. so let's start with this. that he was just 19 years old at the time of the offense. he had no prior history of violent behavior. he acted under the influence of his older brother. that he was particularly susceptible to his older brother's influence, that the older brother planned and led and directed the marathon bombing. and that tamerlan shot and killed officer collier.
he would not have committed these crimes but for his older brother tamerlan and that teachers knew him as hard-working, respectful and kind and considerate. high school and college friends knew him as thoughtful, caring, respectful. so i said slam dunk before. if they have to decide on these, they even get an easier standard to decide these, don't they? >> they really do. let's talk about a couple things. so glad you're doing this. it really brings us into that jury room in a manner of speaking to know what they're doing. i wish it was as easy as them checking boxes on both sides and saying, you're now going to do this. it's not a mathematical art at all. it's no the a science at all. ultimately it comes down to what is just and appropriate. you mention the standard. interestingly enough when you mention the aggravators with paul, the aggravating circumstances in terms of what the prosecution has to prove has to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. when it comes to mitigators that, is each juror can consider
why he would have engaged in this behavior. it's not reasonable doubt. it's by a preponderance of the evidence. it is more likely than not, 50 5 1 to 49% and in addition to that, ash li, i should point out does it not even have to be unanimous in term of all the jurors. a juror may find a mitigator where another juror doesn't find a mitigator. >> simple majority. >> that makes it a lot easier to get checklists. there are a lot more mitigators than aggravators. >> tar nay nsarnaev's teachers s and cousins love him. that brain damage disabled his father. scratching my head here. dzhokhar was deprived and needed stability and guidance during his father's i will necessary and father made tamerlan the dominant male anything dzhokhar's life.
he was deprived due to his mother's volatility and religious extremism. that dzhokhar facilitated tamerlan's radicalization. can you just explain? i have more to go. how do you get that on the jury form? >> it's an outline of what the defense -- >> blaming his mom and dad? >> it's their case, the defense case against impositions of the death penalty. and that's really all it s it is a summary of all the argument that's have been made and the jury can look at them and when they sit down, they say do these mitigators outweigh the aggravating factors? they kind of look at both sets before they -- >> and we're not even finished. tamerlan became radicalized first and encouraged dzhokhar to follow him much his parents returned to russia in 2012 made tamerlan the dominant force in his life. he is highly unlikely to commit, insight or facilitate acts of violence if he were to serve a
life sentence instead of going to the death chamber. the government has the power to severely restrict communication to the outside world. that he's expressed sorrow and remorse for what he did for the suffering he caused. that the jury does not have to be unanimous on each question in this section. ultimately when they have to go through all of this and i'll ask you to wrap it up. there is one question at the end of that 24-page jury form and it is, yes or no? >> that's right. >> death or life? it's kind of a gut thing. it's the cocktail of facts that you put into your tummy and then you come up with your choice. it's not no. >> at the end of the day, you evaluate the aggravators mersous the mitigateors? what do you say? there are 10 aggravators and 15 mitigators therefore i'll spare his life. it comes down to what you think is the proper, just, and appropriate decision. one last point to be made, when you weigh these things, the
statute, the law that you impose depending upon, you know, this mitigator, it's very heavily skewed towards life. you ask how do you get all those things on as mitigateors? the jury can consider anything. any relevant factor. they can do it by preponderance of the evidence and without being unanimous. >> they only have to decide on one death penalty count and he gets the death penalty. >> yeah. >> agree after they do the stuff. >> unanimous. >> hand me that form if you would, paul. thank you. this it is. it's 24 pages. if you read through it, i'm sure you can read it online. it's not easy stuff. we have to give them a big break in that room and let them have as much time as they need. this is a life and death decision, the real live life and death decision. happy birthday you to. >> thank you. >> thanks for coming. >> all right. >> have a good weekend. coming up next, bill cosby responding to a question about the sexual assault allegations and his answer is coming next. i've lived my whole life here in fairbanks, alaska.
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hello. i'm wolf blitzer. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. we begin with the deadly amtrak train derailment in philadelphia. investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the train to accelerate to more than 100 miles an hour in the seconds just before the accident. surveillance video from a nearby business shows a bright flash and sparks as the train derailed. national transportation safety board says another video shows the train barrelling down the tracks at 70 miles per hour. that was 65 seconds before the crash. it continued to accelerate. the investigators are hoping to learn more from the train's engineer brandon bostian. he has agreed