Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The scapegoat

Sorry it's been so long since an update; I've been under the weather lately.

Anyway, the latest on the scapegoat in the Dallas bus crash that killed 23 Hurricane Rita evacuees: The Dallas County District Attorney's office says Juan Robles Gutierrez has NOT been charged in those deaths. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the DA's office says it didn't get the required paperwork from the Dallas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies, of course, say they did file the right papers with the district attorney. Meanwhile, the driver, who's also being held on immigration charges, sits in San Antonio, says he's not to blame, his relatives tell the Dallas Morning News.

This looks like a sheriff trying to score political points off someone who certainly isn't the only person that should be facing criminal charges in this tragedy. What about the company that owned the bus? Pharr-based Global Limo Inc. was the subject of a string of complaints over the past decade; the federal government recently shut it down. Why haven't the owners of this firm been charged?
ADDENDUM: President George W. Bush's hometown paper, the Lone Star Iconoclast, has an editorial blaming the bus crash on deregulation. I don't necessarily agree that deregulation's to blame, but the publication has a point when it asks "how Global Limo Inc. of Pharr ... kept its satisfactory rating for 20 months ...."


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