Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Worse problems than legal charges

According to Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti Jr., Mable B. Mangano and Salvador A. Mangano Sr. have been charged with 34 counts of negligent homicide. They are the owners of St. Rita's Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish where 34 people drowned in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
"We feel we have criminal negligence," Foti said. "They did not follow the standards of care that a reasonable person would follow in a similar circumstance."

He said the owners had plenty of opportunity to move their charges out of the facility. The Manganos were asked if they wanted to evacuate the building and were offered buses; in addition, they had signed last April a contract with Acadian Ambulance to provide transportation in the event an evacuation was needed, Foti said, but "they were never called."
The Mangano's would have more to worry about than criminal charges if one of those poor souls had been a loved one of mine.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.


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