The most justified class action suit ever: The People of New Orleans v. G.W. Bush!
"If the People of New Orleans sued George Bush, FEMA and Homeland Security for Criminal Negligence during the recent Hurricane Katrina crisis, do you think that they might have a case?" I asked a top-flight civil class action lawsuit attorney.
"Hummmm...." he replied.
Let's look at the evidence we could present to a jury. "On the day of June 4, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, informed Defendants Bush, FEMA and Homeland Security that they took the Chevy to the levee and the levee was NOT dry." And August 29, 2005 was the day that the music died.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Defendants had THREE DAYS' NOTICE before Hurricane Katrina struck in which to remove our clients -- the thousands of residents of New Orleans who are now dead, dying or severely injured -- to safety. The Defendants had the means to remove them to safety. And they had the ability to remove them to safety. Since September 11, 2001, Defendants had been given billions and billions of dollars to prepare for just such an emergency as a major evacuation of a city. Instead they did nothing. Nothing. Your Honor, Defendants Bush, FEMA and Homeland Security left these people -- the sick, the infirm, the young and the elderly -- to starve and die."
Talk about winning your case! No jury in the nation, presented with all the evidence, could fail to bring in a verdict of "Guilty!"
A line of witnesses two miles long could testify. "My baby died because they came to rescue us too late..." and "I watched my wife drown in the flood waters because they failed to repair the levees in time..." and "They left us there to starve...."
You think I'm kidding about this? I'm serious as a heart attack. I loved the city and the people of New Orleans. The Criminal Negligence of Bush, FEMA and Homeland Security is DEFINITELY actionable. I predict that ANY jury of their peers would award at least two million dollars per each Plaintiff's cause of action. Multiply that by the thousands of Plaintiffs named in the lawsuit and we could maybe set an example here: Criminal Negligence by a "government" mandated to protect America is no longer acceptable.
And the Defendants can afford to pay these judgments. They have DEEP POCKETS -- from all the taxpayers' money they have been stuffing away in their Swiss bank accounts for the last five years.
"But the Plaintiffs had better file their lawsuit quickly," my attorney friend told me. "With Sandra Day-O'Connor's seat and William Rehnquist's seat on the Supreme Court now up for grabs, the Defendants will soon be appointing THEIR OWN JUDGES."