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Politics Former Michigan governor charged in connection to Flint water crisis

04:40  14 january  2021
04:40  14 january  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe

  Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, Two people with knowledge of the planned prosecution told the AP on Tuesday that the attorney general’s office has informed defense lawyers about indictments in Flint and told them to expect initial court appearances soon. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Michigan 's former governor has been charged over the deadly contamination of water in the city of Flint . Officials charged Rick Snyder with wilful The criminal charges on Wednesday followed a new investigation into the case. Prosecutors dropped previous charges in 2019, pledging a more thorough

Rick Snyder, then governor of Michigan , speaks to journalists about the Flint water crisis in January 2016. (CNN) Former Michigan Gov. Snyder and several other officials will face state criminal charges in connection with the crisis , the outlets report. Snyder's attorney calls the reports

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Wednesday was officially charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Flint water crisis.

Rick Snyder wearing a suit and tie: Former Michigan governor charged in connection to Flint water crisis © The Hill Former Michigan governor charged in connection to Flint water crisis

The Associated Press reported that the charges against Snyder from the Michigan attorney general's office are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The AP noted that the charges mark the first time in Michigan's 184-year history that a governor or former governor has been charged with crimes related to their time in office.

Report: Ex-Mich. governor Rick Snyder to face criminal charges in Flint water crisis

  Report: Ex-Mich. governor Rick Snyder to face criminal charges in Flint water crisis The ex-governor and several other former officials are expected to face imminent criminal charges for their role in the 2014 Flint water crisis. Snyder, his former health department director Nick Lyon and former adviser Rich Baird were among those notified by the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) of the pending indictments and advised to expect imminent court dates, the AP reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the prosecution.

Rick Snyder, the former governor of Michigan , has been told he will be charged in connection with the Flint water crisis , The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Snyder, a 62-year-old Republican, was leading the state when Flint first grappled with contaminated water flowing from taps in the majority

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Wednesday was officially charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in connection with the ongoing The AP noted that the charges mark the first time in Michigan ’s 184-year history that a governor or former governor has been charged with crimes

The crisis in Flint exposed thousands of residents, including young children, to water with dangerously high levels of lead, an element that can cause brain damage and other defects with high exposure.

The contamination has been linked to the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a type of pneumonia. According to the AP, authorities counted at least 90 cases of the disease in Genesee County, including 12 deaths.

Snyder's lawyer, Brian Lennon, told the AP he could not immediately comment on the charges.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) and investigators have scheduled a news conference related to the investigation for Thursday.

The legal filing comes after the AP reported Tuesday that Snyder, who served as governor until 2019, and other top former state officials including the Michigan health director would face charges resulting from the Flint water crisis investigation.

Defense attorneys were informed by the state attorney general's office to expect an initial court appearance soon, the AP reported, citing two people familiar with the prosecution. The two sources familiar with the matter spoke to the wire service on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the charges.

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