Indictments in Flint Water crisis invalid, Michigan Supreme Court rules


Michigan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday said indictments against former top state officials for the Flint water crisis were improperly issued, quashing some of the state’s most high-profile lawsuits. state’s recent history and leaving residents whose tap water has turned toxic without any accountability in criminal court.

In filing charges last year against Michigan officials, including former Gov. Rick Snyder, prosecutors said they failed to protect the safety and health of Flint residents, who were sickened by rising lead levels and by Legionnaires’ disease after the city’s water supply. moved to Flint River in April 2014.

But prosecutors appointed by Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, relied on a one-man grand jury to issue indictments against Mr. Snyder, a Republican, and eight others, including the former state health director and former state medical officer. The Supreme Court said Tuesday that one-person grand juries cannot be used in this way.

Three defendants, not including Mr. Snyder, had challenged the use of a one-man grand jury, but the court’s decision appeared likely to upend the prosecutions of the other defendants as well. An official in Ms Nessel’s office said prosecutors are reviewing the decision. It was unclear whether they intended to pursue new charges.

At least nine people died from Legionnaires in the Flint area from June 2014 to October 2015. The water crisis, which resulted in high lead levels among thousands of people in Flint, left countless families wary with respect to the water supply, even as city officials. insist that it is now safe to drink.

The charges brought by Ms Nessel’s team were a second attempt to hold those responsible for what happened in Flint. Before Ms. Nessel took office, her Republican predecessor helped oversee cases against 15 state and local officials for crimes as serious as manslaughter. But Ms Nessel’s team had those cases dismissed in 2019 before filing new charges against several of the same officials.

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