August 8, 2022

The Michigan Supreme Court has struck down charges against former government officials in connection with the Flint water crisis



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Charges For a felony charge against former Michigan state officials Flint water crisis Tuesday was considered invalid.

A panel of Michigan Supreme Court judges has ruled that attorneys in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office made a procedural error, with a Geneva County circuit court judge serving as a one – person grand jury, and last year issued indictments to nine former state officials, including former Governor Rick. Snyder. The judges called the move “fearful.”

Michigan state laws do not authorize a judge to issue a grand jury charge sheet without a preliminary examination, which the Supreme Court ruled was not done in this case.

When the Geneva County Circuit Judge issued the indictment, prosecutors argued that they had the option of withdrawing from the preliminary examination for former government officials.

In Michigan, preliminary examination is used by attorneys and defense attorneys to present evidence and testimony before the indictment.

Three former state officials appealed the matter and eventually brought the matter to the state Supreme Court.

Snyder is not one of them. According to a report by Snyder’s Law Committee, the former Governor’s Law Committee proposes that the allegations against the Governor be dismissed on the basis of opinion.

CNN has approached Snyder’s office for comment. Snyder’s Legal Adviser Previously told CNN His client is sacrificed by a politically driven special adviser.

Michigan Solicitor General Fatwa Hammood said the prosecution will continue to pursue the charges.

“Our reading is that in the opinion of the court, the charges should be filed in the district court and one person involved in the preliminary examination explains the grand jury process. Our panel is prepared to proceed with that process,” Hammoud said in a statement about the verdict.

“We are ready and determined to prove the charges against the defendants in court and are determined to see this process come to an end.”

Despite the dismissal of the charges, the Supreme Court acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations related to the Flint water crisis.

“If the allegations are proven, the extent to which the state actors inflicted damage on an innocent people – a group they were entrusted to serve – cannot be fully quantified. Their government stands by the Flint water crisis as one of the greatest betrayals of this country to the citizens,” the comment said.

“However, the prosecution of these defendants must comply with formal procedural requirements, given the extent of the harm done to Flint residents.”