Judge finds fault, but hands tied
So, I missed this yesterday:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge threw out a crucial class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the Army Corps of Engineers over flooding from a levee breach on the 17th Street Canal after Hurricane Katrina, saying that the agency had failed to protect the city but that his hands were tied by the law.
The judge, Stanwood Duval of Federal District Court, ruled that the corps should be held immune over the failure of the wall on the 17th Street Canal that caused much of the flooding of New Orleans in August 2005. The ruling relies on the Flood Control Act of 1928, which made the federal government immune when flood control projects like levees break.