Trial Over Parish’s ‘Doomsday Plan’ Set To Open
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A long-awaited trial is set to begin for claims that thousands of homes flooded in the suburbs of New Orleans because parish officials evacuated its drainage pump operators just before Hurricane Katrina hit.
Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard is serving a prison sentence for his role in a bribery plot and isn't expected to testify at the trial scheduled to start Monday with jury selection.
Instead, jurors will have to settle for viewing videotape of a plaintiffs' lawyer grilling Broussard about his role in carrying out the "Doomsday Plan" to evacuate more than 200 pump operators as Katrina barreled toward the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Parish attorneys have claimed they can't get an impartial trial in Jefferson Parish, partly due to the extent of Katrina's flood damage.v
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