April 12, 2021 00:08

Former Michigan Gov Claims Flint Charges ‘Fatally Flawed’

Attorneys for former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder argued Tuesday for the dismissal of willful neglect charges brought against him over the Flint water crisis, claiming they were filed in the wrong court, reports the Courthouse News Service. In a hearing broadcast on YouTube, his lawyer Brian Lennon told Judge William Crawford the indictment is “fatally flawed” because state prosecutors “charged in the wrong venue” since Snyder was not based in Flint, but, instead, was working from the capital city of Lansing during the contaminated-water crisis that began in 2014. Assistant Attorney General Bryant Osikowicz sought an adjournment to respond to Lennon and pointed to other issues with discovery that need to be discussed, but the judge asked the lawyers to meet Tuesday afternoon in order to move forward.  Snyder appeared in court last Thursday to plead not guilty to state charges of willful neglect stemming from the contaminated-water crisis that began during his time in office. The judge ordered the former governor not to leave the state without permission and set a personal recognizance bond at $10,000 for each of the two counts.

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