12 July 2006

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

13 Comments:

At July 12, 2006 11:08 AM, Blogger Roux said...

Foti is a jerk. He was the Sheriff of Orleans parish and did nothing. You think he's going to start now.

His big Katrina investigation flopped. The euthanization of patients trapped at hospitals in NOLA pointed to people he'd rather not prosecute.

BTW-He wants to be Gov. but post Blanco that'll never happen.

 
At July 12, 2006 3:32 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

If Foti actually did something about this, he may actually stand a chance running for Gov.

 
At July 12, 2006 3:58 PM, Blogger mominem said...

So far there is no evidence that the contractors did anything wrong on the levees. They appear to have build what they were told to built.

The engineers are a different matter but they may have merely followed their flawed instructions from the Corps.

 
At July 13, 2006 8:53 AM, Blogger John Blutarsky said...

Yes, the CORPS has already admitted that the design was flawed and since they approved the design then it should be them who are held accountable.

So, this means suing the CORPS, i.e. the Army. What's the goal of the prosecution, to get financial compensation and/or to punish the engineers who are responsible? But, surely the engineers responsible are no longer working for the CORPS. So how and who do you prosecute? Is punishing the CORPS(present day) really going to solve anything?

I have no legal background, so these are just questions running through my head.

 
At July 14, 2006 4:25 PM, Blogger Kennah Bra said...

Who do you want Foti to prosecute? The COE? The people they contracted to do the geotech work to find suitable soils? The people they contracted to do the construction? Each parish official/parish engineer who signed off on the plans? Congress who only allows the COE to do projects based on a cost/benefit analysis?

Good discussion, but its almost been a year now and were still trying to point fingers? They say when you start pointing fingers there are 3 more pointing at you so I'll say this:

It is true the responsibility of this disaster falls on the COE, Parish Levee Boards, Local Governments, and the Executive Branch. Now that this event has taken place no one can play dumb and use the "I didn't know" card any longer. People who live in this area, as well as any other area on tropical coastlines, need to take some responsibility in the blame knowing the region they decided to live in.

 
At July 15, 2006 1:55 PM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

Althoght I really like Kennah Brah's nome de plume, I'm wit' you, Mistah Reilly. Foti should've been on this months ago.

An aggressive approach at the state level would've changed the debate from the get-go.

And O'Reilly would've had to shut TFU.

 
At July 15, 2006 5:46 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

"People who live in this area, as well as any other area on tropical coastlines, need to take some responsibility in the blame knowing the region they decided to live in."

I just gotta say kennah bra, with Ashley's permission of course, we're adding you to the F.U.F.F list.

As for Foti, what people don't appreciate is that you can't keep re-electing the same guy for thirty years (the same applies to his aged bloated former colleague to the south and west of Orleans) without their being a cost.

Where competition is stifled because of entrenched political fiefdoms, inefficiency and cronyism are the result -- and when it happens in a law enforcement agency, community safety is compromised.

How about Foti join Jim Donelon and bust some of those F.U.F.F.'s in the insurance industry?

 
At July 17, 2006 11:38 PM, Blogger Roux said...

Foti will tell us his big conclusions on the euthanasia story tomorrow. He'll probably pick as scape goat as it wasn't politically correct to go after some others.

 
At July 21, 2006 12:54 PM, Anonymous Morticia Addams 7 said...

Ignatius wrote: "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."

If only! I love Louisiana, but it's parasitical politcians have been it's curse. Foti is disgusting to spend money to prosecute healthcare people who were abandoned to a dire, chaotic, unimaginably frightening situation. I doubt he'll get a conviction.

In ancient Rome it wasn't unheard of for architects to be executed if a building fell down, causing loss of lives. Just sayin'....

 
At July 22, 2006 9:48 PM, Blogger dangerblond said...

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At July 24, 2007 7:27 PM, Anonymous steve said...

Too many trial lawyer types looking to make money from assigning blame when folks know full well the risks of living in a city below sea level. If folks want to live on shorelines, let them, and their insurance companies abosorb that risk. If the Democratic leaders in New Orleans want to blame everyone but themselves for being ill prepared, adn not executing a plan, and not staying in the city themselves to see that the plan was executed... I suppose they can blame everyone else, it's the classic way of trying to distract the issue from one's own accountabiliy.

 
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