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‘Midnight Rider’ filmmakers charged with involuntary manslaughter




LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 7:  Parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones attend a memorial for their daughter Sarah Jones, an assistant camerawoman who was killed by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic film, Midnight Rider, on March 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 7: Parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones attend a memorial for their daughter Sarah Jones, an assistant camerawoman who was killed by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic film, Midnight Rider, on March 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Georgia prosecutors have charged the filmmakers involved with Midnight Rider with involuntary manslaughter following the Feb. 20 death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.

Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish are indicted on manslaughter and trespassing charges that could carry a potential 10-year or one-year prison sentence, respectively. Jones’ death shook Hollywood and the filmmaking industry, prompting criticism about set safety and risky behavior.

Jones was killed in a train accident that injured six other members of the film crew. Miller and Savin are owners of the production company producing the film, Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc., and Sedrish was the executive producer. The three filmmakers are also facing a wrongful death suit filed by Jones’ family in May.

Who bears the weight of responsibility in this tragic case? How can the Hollywood community adapt and increase awareness about safety issues to prevent future incidents?

Guests:

Jen Yamato, reporter for the entertainment news site Deadline; she and fellow reporter Anita Busch have been following the story 

Harland Braun, a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles. He successfully defended filmmakers John Landis and George Folsey in the Twilight Zone manslaughter trial in the 1980s