Should Jefferson Parish government and then-parish president Aaron Broussard be held liable for the flooding that caused so much damage in Hurricane Katrina? A class-action case began today in state court as plaintiffs argue that over 200 pump operators should have stayed on the job as Katrina roared in.
Legal analyst Doug Sunseri, host of WWL's "All Things Legal," says attorneys are going to have to prove public officials were negligent in a time of emergency.
''It is very, very difficult to hold a municipality and much less Aaron Broussard liable for his decisions or failure to make decisions in a case like this,'' said Sunseri.
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The parish implemented their so-called "doomsday plan" to protect the lives of those pump operators and sent them to the Northshore. Sunseri says even if the plaintiffs win this round, they will likely fail on appeal.
''I think the plaintiffs have an uphill climb on this,'' he said.
Sunseri believes that in a time of crisis, public officials are often shielded by immunity.