The former operators of a New Orleans-area nursing home have pleaded not guilty to 35 counts of negligent homicide and 64 counts of cruelty to the infirm related to their decision not to evacuate the facility after Hurricane Katrina hit the region last year. Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti Jr. has alleged that residents at St. Rita's Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish drowned because owners Mabel and Salvador Mangano failed to evacuate the facility. A grand jury indicted the Manganos late last month. In late August, the Manganos filed a countersuit against theU.S. , Louisiana 's governor, Foti and other officials, alleging various acts of negligence, including failure to provide transportation
Nursing home owners plead not guilty in Katrina case
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