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No appeal decision yet in Katrina pumps verdict

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Posted: Feb 6, 2014 3:25 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: doomsday plan, jefferson parish, hurricane katrina, pumps

NEW ORLEANS - Two of the lawyers who sued Jefferson Parish over its disaster "doomsday plan" say they think the verdict and jurors' questions indicate confusion - and they think some of the judge's answers are grounds for a possible appeal.

A Louisiana State University administrative law professor says the jury made the right decision.

Jurors late Wednesday found that the parish government was negligent in the way it drafted and enacted a plan that evacuated drainage pump operators as Hurricane Katrina neared. But they also found that the parish was not responsible for subsequent flooding and that former parish President Aaron Broussard's actions did not amount to willful misconduct.

The plaintiffs' steering committee hasn't yet scheduled a meeting about whether to appeal. An appeal would require all eight members' agreement.

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