Former Gov. Snyder warns that water cases in Flint will be brought to trial until 2024
FLINT, MI -- A spokesman for the legal team representing former Gov. Rick Snyder against criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis claims not to expect a trial until at least 2024.
On the one-year anniversary of the announcement of grand jury indictments against the former governor, seven former state government officials and Flint's former director of the Department of Public Works, the Spokesman Jason Brown made the comments.
With little progress being made, Brown said the prosecution, led by Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, is at a complete standstill.
Even the most basic question about whether charges were properly filed in the city of Flint rather than in Lansing remains unresolved, according to the statement. The prosecution has made serious missteps with the handling of documents seized through search warrants, and two judges have directed them to stop reviewing or disseminating documents to the various defendants.
A recent court order demanding members of a taint team to establish a judicial team has failed, claiming that the judge's order would slap their case by three years and cost the state $48 million.
"At this rate, none of the nine defendants can reasonably expect a trial date until at least 2024, according to the costs of defense of the former governor alone.
The statement comes two days after seven of the Flint water plaintiffs who have been charged with felonies appeared in the Genesee Circuit Court waiting for the opportunity to discuss the various requests they have filed.
MLive-The Flint Journal could not immediately reach a representative of the Office of Attorney General for an answer to the anniversary statement, but earlier this week, an official in the office blamed defense attorneys for the slow pace of legal proceedings.
Our priority is the people of Flint," said Lynsey Mukomel, the prosecutor's press secretary for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
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