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Nursing home owners sue government officials for Katrina deaths

[JURIST] Two owners of a Louisiana nursing home who were charged [JURIST report] last year with negligent homicide for the deaths of 34 people [NYT report] in flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] have sued a number of state and local government officials claiming that they did not evacuate residents at the home before the storm landed, the attorney for the owners announced Tuesday. While no grand jury proceedings have commenced against Salvador and Mabel Mangano, owners of the St. Rita's nursing home in St. Bernard Parish, their attorney maintains that if any liability should be attributed to the Manganos, it should be shared by the government.

Families of the victims have filed 34 civil lawsuits against the Manganos to date. The Manganos turned themselves in to authorities in Baton Rouge last year before the announcement of any criminal charges against them. AP more.

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