Charles Foti: Where are you?
It must be a fantastic feeling to know you live in a state where the Attorney General is willing to prosecute those responsible for the deaths of individuals caused by the failure of major civil works projects (e.g., bridges, tunnels, LEVEES!). For those of you that are not aware of this process, all registered professional engineers take on the liability of projects they approve, throughout the design, construction and operations/maintenance processes. In Boston yesterday, a portion of the Big Dig highway tunnel (the overly expensive, incredibly ambitious tunnelling of the interstate system under Downtown) collapsed and fell on an automobile, killing a Boston woman. Immediately the state Attorney General began issuing subpoenas and promising criminal prosecution for those engineers and contractors responsible.
If the death of one woman can spark this much action by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, wouldn't you think that the death of over 1,400 individuals due to the failure of poorly designed/constructed floodwalls in New Orleans could capture Louisiana's Attorney General Charles Foti's attention? It is ashame that the Foti is incapable of sending a message to engineers and contractors working in Louisiana that if you design and build a structure that fails due to negligence, you will be criminally liable and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. All residents of metro New Orleans, whose very lives and livelihoods are at risk from shoddy civil engineering and construction work, deserve nothing less.
TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Flooding, Levees, Charles Foti