DETROIT (WXYZ) – The former government, Rick Snyder and several other state officials will face criminal charges in relation to the Flint water crisis. This is a major development and the first for the former governor who was in charge during the crisis.
The charges are coming from Attorney General Dana Nestlé, but sources reveal that 7 Action News are signs handed down by a grand jury.
The charges include involuntary mansloters as several people died during a water crisis.
7 Action News has heard for months that these allegations could occur. We asked the former government about this in its 7 upfront segment in September.
Snyder took full responsibility for the water crisis. He and his team ordered Flint to shut down Detroit’s waters in the Flint River to save money.
Flint was under a state takeover and emergency managers were running the city.
The Flint River was more corrosive and had lead poisoning and later outbreaks of legogenous disease that were fatal to many.
According to sources, these are the people who are being charged this week:
Rick Snyder, we have been told by sources that he will be charged with a major crime, involuntary manslaughter. The theory is that his actions resulted in death. He faces 15 years in prison.
Others are his close associates. They include Rich Baird, Jarod Again, who was Snyder’s Chief of Staff, then left to become Vice President Mike Pence’s Director of Communications.
Nick Leone, former state health director, who was charged with involuntary Mansuro and bound for trial.
Aiden Wells, the chief state medical doctor, was charged earlier.
Finally, two Flint emergency managers, Darnell Early and Gerald Ambrose, who were also previously charged.
The former government was on the upfront here on Channel 7 on 15 September and we asked him about possible charges and if he was worried.
Many have issued statements regarding litigation.
Former government attorney Brian Lennon said, “We’ve been told by many journalists that the Michigan Attorney General’s Office has convicted the Special Counsel Council of the former government. Rick Snyder has been convicted of crimes related to the Flint water investigation. That The office has refused to share information about these allegations with us, indicating that a public relations smear campaign is a higher priority than any official legal action.
It is outrageous to think that any criminal charges will be made against the government. Any charges Snyder will incur without merit. Coming from an administration that claims to be above partisan politics, it is very disheartening to make pure political motivation driving charge decisions.
The Office of the Special Counsel clearly needs a scapegoat after wasting five years and tens of taxpayer dollars on a useless investigation. Instead of following the evidence to find out the truth, the Office of the Special Counselor is targeting the former government in a political exodus. “
Ted Leopold and Michael Pitt, co-head class counsel appointed by the interim court for flint litigation, issued a joint statement below:
“The residents of Flint fell victim to decisions by the state of Michigan that resulted in tragic and disastrous consequences. While we can never mitigate the injustice that happens to the victims of Flint and their community, those responsible, including Governor Snyder and they have appointed to serve the needs of the residents of Flint – they Should be held responsible for the destruction. On behalf of our customers, we give our assurance that we will continue to fight to ensure that the full measure of justice is achieved. “
Attorney for Flint DPW Dir. “We are obviously disappointed with the decision to charge former Flint Department Public Works Director Howard Croft for the second time,” Howard Croft said in a statement issued on his behalf, adding that Croft’s attorney, Jamie White, said “two years. After much litigation, we failed to see a reliable piece of evidence related to Mr. Croft. Most of the harassing process, or lack of due process, prosecutors opted to pursue in this second prosecution. We are informed And believe that a one-man grand jury was used. To authorize these charges. If that were the case, a one-man jury would have been a rarely used dinosaur with an implicit bias. Is because it relates to a person’s ability to obtain a fair trial. Implementing this secret and prejudicial process is very important. About this point in time. “
We will work more on this in the coming days.