Jury selection was scheduled to begin in McAllen, TX, Monday, Sept. 25,
in the criminal trial of the president of the now-defunct Global Limo Inc.
It was a Global bus that caught fire on Interstate 45 south of Dallas last year, killing 23 nursing home residents who were evacuating because of the
threat of Hurricane Rita.
Global President James Maples is charged with conspiring to alter
drivers’ logbooks to disguise hours-of-service violations. He is also charged
with failure to inspect buses to assure their safety.
An over-heated bearing in a rear wheel well is believed to have caused
The bus driver, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was cleared of any
charges in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors.
– By Reed Black, staff writer