The Michigan Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected another attempt to revive charges in the Flint water scandal, ruling in favor of former governor Rick Snyder, who had been charged with misdemeanor charges.
The Attorney General’s office has repeatedly tried to convince judges that a landmark decision last summer by the Michigan Supreme Court didn’t actually doom the Flint water prosecutor. But prosecutors continue to record losses.
In Snyder’s case, the appeals court rejected the state’s appeal in a one-sentence injunction.
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Snyder was governor in 2014 when Flint, under state administration, began using the Flint River as a water source. But unlike the previous supply, the water was not treated to reduce impact on old pipes, releasing lead throughout the city.
The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld former Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s appeal against his acquittal of charges over the Flint water crisis. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
Snyder, who left office in 2019, was charged with two counts of willful dereliction of duty.
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The state Supreme Court unanimously said last June that a single-judge grand jury cannot issue indictments. As a result, charges against Snyder, former health director Nick Lyon and six others have been dismissed.
However, the Attorney General’s Office is not giving up. It is now asking the Supreme Court to reconsider Lyon’s case. He is blamed for some Legionnaires’ disease deaths in the Flint area during the water change.
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The case is a “mess caused by the overzealous prosecution,” Lyon’s lawyers said in a recent filing.