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US Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder charged in Flint water crisis

04:25  14 january  2021
04:25  14 january  2021 Source:   nbcnews.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.

Former Michigan Gov . Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with two counts of willful neglect of duty stemming from an investigation of the Flint water The disaster made Flint a national symbol of government dereliction, with residents forced to line up for bottled water and parents fearing their

The Flint water crisis is an ongoing public health crisis that started in 2014, after the drinking water source for the city of Flint , Michigan , was contaminated with lead.

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who ran the state at the time of the devastating 2014 Flint water scandal, has been charged in the city's Legionnaires' disease outbreak that killed 12 people.

Rick Snyder sitting in front of a mirror posing for the camera © Provided by NBC News

He faces two charges of willful neglect of duty, according to online court records, and faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

“We believe there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against Gov. Snyder,” defense attorney Brian Lennon said Wednesday night, adding that state prosecutors still hadn't provided him with any details.

Others in his administration may also be charged.

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder faces 2 misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint water crisis

  Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder faces 2 misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint water crisis Each charge against the state's former Republican governor is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of $1,000 or less. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Nessel spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney said she could not confirm or deny the charges. Snyder's attorney did not return requests for comment Wednesday. Nessel is scheduled to make a major announcement Thursday in the state's criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis.

Former Michigan governor Rick Snyder , his health director, and other ex-officials will be charged following a probe into the Flint water scandal that plagued the city and led to a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014 and 2015, according to a new report.The attorney general’s office has

DETROIT (AP) — 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 © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 22, 2020 file photo volunteers load cases of water into vehicles in Flint , Mich.

Snyder and others are scheduled to appear in court Thursday, and a news conference by Attorney General Dana Nessel and prosecutors is expected to follow.

The decision by Snyder’s administration in 2014 to switch Flint from Detroit's water system to the Flint River led to the disaster, as the untreated river water resulted in pipe corrosion and lead contamination.

Criminal charges were filed in 2017 against a number of state officials, including the former head of the state’s health department, Nick Lyon, over the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the same time as the contaminated water crisis. Lyon was accused of learning about the outbreak in 2015 and failing to inform the public for another year.

Prosecutors dropped charges against eight people, including Lyon, in 2019.

Flint water: Former Michigan governor faces charges for crisis that killed 12 people

  Flint water: Former Michigan governor faces charges for crisis that killed 12 people Twelve people died and more than 80 were sickened during the Flint water crisis, and now authorities are holding two Michigan officials responsible. © Pete Marovich/Bloomberg/Getty Images Gov. Rick Snyder testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, DC on March 17, 2016. The Flint Water Prosecution Team is scheduled to announce its findings at a news conference Thursday morning after former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Flint Public Works director Howard Croft were each charged Wednesday.

Rick Snyder and other former top officials are expected to face criminal charges in connection with the Flint water crisis , the Associated Press reported The Flint water crisis started in 2014, when the city decided to switch to a new water supply to save costs. The water supply the city moved to

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Some experts have said that the city’s contaminated water led to the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrives in warm water.

Bryant Nolden, a Genesee County Commissioner who runs a historic recreation center in Flint, celebrated the news that possible indictments would include the former governor.

"The buck stopped at Gov. Snyder," he said. "He was the one that put the people in place that actually did this. We have to see how this all plays out, but I'm very happy to hear that some folks are going to be held accountable at the highest level."

Nolden said he and his neighbors in Flint were disappointed when earlier rounds of indictments stopped short of Snyder himself. "I was a little concerned that it wouldn't go all the way up the ladder to him."

Seeing Snyder held accountable, he said, won't repair the damage done in Flint — including skyrocketing rates of children needing special education services — but it will improve morale among residents.

"The residents here are very resilient," he said. "We've made it through and we're dealing with it but I think that this will help in some small way, letting them know that justice will be served because these people will be held accountable for the wrongs that they did here in this community."

Residents in Flint, a city with a majority Black-population, have struggled for years to recover from the crisis as they relied for months on bottled water as their primary source of clean water and saw property values suffer.

The state agreed to a $600 million settlement in April to Flint residents whose health was afflicted in a class-action lawsuit, establishing a fund where residents can file for compensation.

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