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Judge rejects 6-month freeze in involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan's former health director

Former health director is highest-ranking official charged in Flint water crisis

Nick Lyon in court. (WDIV)
Nick Lyon in court. (WDIV)

FLINT, Mich. – A judge has rejected a six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan's former health director, who is the highest-ranking official charged in the Flint water scandal.

A new team of prosecutors wanted more time to assess and collect evidence after learning about 23 boxes of records in a state basement.

But Judge Joseph Farah says the discovery has no practical impact on his next step. Farah must decide whether to affirm or throw out a decision to send Nick Lyon to trial.