Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Wheels of Justice

The feds arrest the owner of the bus company whose vehicle caught fire last September, killing 23 elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees in Dallas.

U.S. Marshals provide curbside sercive for James H. Maples, picking him up at his McAllen home this morning. Maples owns Global Limo Inc., a company with a history of violations and a bad rep among Valley school districts.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the man and his company face charges of falsifying driver time records, and "willfully failing to inspect their buses to ensure safe operation." Maples faces up to five years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convcted on the first count; one year and a $100,000 fine for the other two.

"Rules governing the safe carriage of passengers are not made to be broken;" said United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg. "They are made to be followed, and followed scrupulously, by transportation companies."
In case you missed it, the Dallas Morning News ran a profile on Maples on New Year's Day. He told the Morning News last year that once all the facts are in, he'll be shown blameless.
"Everybody can say what they want to until the final thing comes out," Mr. Maples said. "And then we'll see who is right and wrong."
I'm glad to see authorities go after this guy, who clearly should take responsiblity for the condition of his buses, instead of persecuting the poor driver.

2 Comments:

Blogger JB said...

Finally. This man has been operating his barely legal limo services for some time. Despite the organization being in and out of federal court for bankruptcy, personal injury suits, etc., Mr. Maples seemed hard pressed to change his fly-by-night practices. 23 dead. He should be prosecuted and treated no less than the Rodriguez clan who fearlessly ignored the laws while trafficking in human bodies, which ended in the death of several foreign nationals near Victoria, Texas.

10:27 AM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

I would bet good money, if I had it, that this man will serve less time that the actual driver of the bus. Too bad the DOT does not have an investigative arm .If DOT DOES have one, it sure ain't on the ball. They should look into the other shady "bus" companies that cater to illegals to go back hone from the carolinas and other crop rich states. Hmmmm?

4:50 PM  

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