Former Flint EM joins others in pleading the Fifth at Flint water trial
Levy had ruled that five potential witnesses in the civil trial had waived their Fifth Amendment rights when they gave depositions in the civil trial about two years ago -- before they were charged with criminal wrongdoing tied to the Flint water crisis. The civil trial involves four Flint children who have sued two companies that advised the city of Flint during its water crisis. The companies -- Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam -- have contested the injuries claimed by the children and say government officials are solely responsible for elevated levels of lead in Flint water. The Flint trial is scheduled to continue at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 6, with Veolia expert Dr. John Gaitanis, a pediatric neurologist, expected to testify. Read more at The Flint Journal:New court motions aim to put Flint water crisis prosecutions back on trackPetitions available for five Flint school board seats.mlive.com
Michigan Supreme Court scrutinizes grand jury process in criminal Flint water cases
FLINT, MI -- Flint water prosecutors asked the Michigan Supreme Court to keep their criminal cases against nine former government officials afloat on Wednesday, May 4, defending their use of a one-person grand jury to issue indictments in the cases more than a year ago. Six of those charged officials had felony cases sent directly to Genesee Circuit Court, taking out the traditional step of a preliminary exam in Genesee District Court. Genesee Circuit Judge Elizabeth A. Kelly has ruled against similar arguments in the water cases, six of which are pending before her. The Supreme Court ordered oral arguments in the water cases to address whether the Michigan grand jury statutes violate the state’s constitutional requirement of separation of powers, whether those statutes confer charging authority on a member of the judiciary, whether a defendant charged after a grand jury proceeding is entitled to a preliminary exam, and whether the grand jury proceeding in the Flint water cases violated due process. Read more at The Flint Journal:One-person grand jury used in Flint water criminal cases lands at Michigan Supreme CourtBuick City sale tied to agreement on environmental cleanup, Flint officials sayMundy Township getting closer to opening Genesee County’s newest senior centermlive.com
Flint grand jury indictments invalid, attorney for Snyder’s former top aide says
Related: One-person grand jury used in Flint water criminal cases lands at Michigan Supreme CourtKelly took the Baird motion to dismiss under advisement. Markou told Kelly that Flint water prosecutors from the state Attorney General’s Office were too slow in presenting evidence to Newblatt, causing him to issue indictments after his six-month term had expired. The use of a one-person grand jury is especially rare, attorneys involved in the criminal cases have said. The state Supreme Court is considering several aspects of the use of the grand jury in the Flint cases. Read more at The Flint Journal:Secret grand jury helped prosecutors beat statute of limitations deadline in Flint water caseGrand jury indictments against Flint water crisis defendants invalid, attorney tells judgeMays gets the boot as Flint City Council president after 5 months on the jobmlive.com
Judge lets Flint water case against Lyon continue toward trial, denies motion to dismiss charges
Lyon is attempting to “strike down Michigan’s one-person grand jury system through statutory interpretation and constitutional challenges,” the judge wrote. Lyon is among seven Flint water defendants facing criminal charges in Kelly’s courtroom. In addition to Lyon, the other felony Flint water defendants have also filed separate motions asking that their cases be dismissed for a variety of reasons. Kelly’s order says indictments issued by a one-person grand jury carry equal weight to indictments issued by a citizens’ grand jury. Read more:Former top Michigan health officials ask for new judge in Flint water casesFormer MDHHS boss wants criminal charges dismissed, says he had no personal duty to citizens during Flint water crisisAs Flint water cases drag into second year, former Michigan health director asks judge to end his nowFormer Gov.mlive.com
No district court hearing required for Flint water defendants charged with felonies, Genesee County judge rules
FLINT, MI -- Officials charged with felony crimes related to the Flint water crisis are not entitled to preliminary examinations, a Genesee County Circuit Court judge has ruled in an opinion issued this week. Judge Elizabeth A. Kelly denied motions that sought to send the cases of five individuals charged with felony water crisis crimes back to Genesee District Court for exams before their cases are taken up in her courtroom. Attorneys for the defendants had argued in an April court hearing that district court preliminary exams are mandatory, regardless of whether individuals are charged initially with information in court or by a single grand juror. Read more:Judge hears arguments for sending Flint water cases back to lower courtTop aide to former Gov. Snyder wants case sent back to district court for preliminary examSecret grand jury helped prosecutors beat statute of limitations deadline in Flint water casemlive.com
Judge hears arguments for sending Flint water cases back to lower court
FLINT, MI -- Five current and former government officials charged with felony crimes related to the Flint water crisis called for preliminary hearings before their cases are heard in Genesee Circuit Court Tuesday, April 6, and a judge said she will consider their arguments before ruling on that request. Anastase Markou, an attorney for Baird, told Kelly that district court preliminary exams are mandatory, regardless of whether individuals are charged initially with information in court or by a single grand juror. The current Flint water prosecutions are the second time Peeler, Earley and Ambrose have faced charges tied to the water crisis and their initial preliminary exams proved more than routine. Hammoud fired former special prosecutor Todd Flood, who had been appointed to investigate Flint water crimes by former Attorney General Bill Schuette. Snyder wants case sent back to district court for preliminary examFlint water crisis: Who’s being charged and what were their rolesSecret grand jury helped prosecutors beat statute of limitations deadline in Flint water casemlive.com
Top aide to former Gov. Snyder wants case sent back to district court for preliminary exam
Rick Snyder during the Flint water crisis, wants the criminal case against him sent back to Genesee District Court, claiming he’s entitled to a preliminary examination there before facing perjury, extortion and other charges in a higher court. “Although a defendant indicted by a traditional citizens grand jury is not entitled to a preliminary examination, a defendant ‘indicted’ by a one-man grand juror in Michigan has an absolute right to a preliminary examination,” the motion says. Baird is a Flint native who worked as a top aide and transformation manager to Snyder during his administration. Related:Secret grand jury helped prosecutors beat statute of limitations deadline in Flint water caseFlint water crisis: Who’s being charged and what were their rolesTop aide to former Gov. Rick Snyder calls for end to Flint water criminal investigationmlive.com
Flashpoint 1/17/21: Charges in the Flint Water Crisis after nearly 7 years
DETROIT – The Flint Water Crisis is a disaster now stretching across almost seven years. Charges in the health scandal that has made national headlines were recently announced against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and eight others who previously worked as state officials. Segment OneReporters Jordan Chariton and Hank Winchester discuss charges in the Flint Water Crisis. Segment TwoJill Alper of Alper Strategies; Chastity Pratt, Education Bureau Chief at the Wall Street Journal; Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News, Nolan Finley; Steve Mitchell of Mitchell Research and Communications
Rich Baird resigns from EMU board following charges in Flint water crisis
Rick Snyder, announced Friday he was resigning from the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. Baird was among nine individuals charged Thursday in the criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis. Baird was appointed to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents in November 2018. 41 charges filed in Flint water crisis investigation, officials sayForty-one charges have been filed in a Flint water investigation, according to officials. Rick Snyder.
41 charges filed in Flint water crisis investigation, officials say
FLINT, Mich. – Forty-one charges have been filed in a Flint water investigation, according to officials. Those facing serious multiple felonies include Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with nine felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and two other misdemeanors. Nine charged in Flint water crisis probe: (First row, From top left to right). Snyder in the Flint water crisisREAD: Residents weigh in after criminal charges announced in Flint water crisis investigationRichard Baird, who acted as Snyder’s transportation manager, faces felonies including extortion for how, prosecutors said, he tried to manage the crisis once it hit. The remaining people charged include two Flint emergency managers, a former Flint director of the Department of Public Works, Snyder’s communications director and a current MDHHS manager.
Flint water crisis investigation: Here’s who was charged
Nine charged in Flint water crisis probe: (First row, From top left to right). FLINT, Mich. – After a lengthy investigation into the Flint water crisis, which started more than five years ago, investigators announced a slew of charges, including against former Michigan Gov. Here’s the full list of charges:Jarrod Agen – Former Director of Communications and Former Chief of Staff, Executive Office of Gov. “We must remember that the Flint Water Crisis is not some relic of the past. In August 2020, a settlement of a lawsuit filed was reached on behalf of residents of Flint who were harmed by lead-tainted water.
Rick Snyder knew about Flint water crisis earlier than he testified under oath, according to new report
click to enlarge Michigan Municipal League via FlickrFormer Governor Rick Snyder. To paraphrase the famous Watergate question, what did former Gov. Rick Snyder know about the Flint water crisis, and when did he know it? Things came to a head in an April 2018 meeting in which Weaver alleges Snyder blew up at her, telling her that it was time for Flint residents to get over it and move on.And as recently as last year, Weaver alleges Snyder asked her to ask Congressman Elijah Cummings of the U.S. House Oversight Committee to back off his investigation into Snyder. Cummings died in October.Snyder and Baird did not respond to requests for comment, according to, nor did Special Prosecutor Todd Flood.Now, six years after the crisis began, Snyder has not yet been formally charged.metrotimes.com