Former Gov. Snyder to face criminal charges in connection to Flint water crisis

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Former Gov. Rick Snyder and a number of other state authorities will be dealing with criminal charges in connection with the Flint Water Crisis. This is a significant advancement and a very first for the previous guv who supervised throughout the crisis.

The charges are originating from Chief law officer Dana Nessel, however sources inform 7 Action News these are indictments bied far by a grand jury.

The charges consist of uncontrolled murder as a number of individuals passed away of legionnaires illness throughout the water crisis.

7 Action News has actually heard for months that these charges might be coming. We asked previous Gov. Snyder about this back in September on our 7 UpFront sector.

Snyder took complete duty for the water crisis. He and his group purchased Flint to turn off Detroit water to the Flint River to conserve cash.

Flint was under a state takeover and emergency situation supervisors were running the city.

The Flint River was more destructive and triggered lead poisoning and later on a break out of legionnaires illness that was lethal for a number of individuals.

According to sources, these are individuals who are being charged today:

Rick Snyder, we are informed by sources will be charged with a significant criminal activity, uncontrolled murder. The theory is that his actions caused death. That’s 15 years in jail.

The others are close assistants to him. They consist of Rich Baird, Jarrod Agen, who was Snyder’s chief of personnel then delegated end up being Vice President Mike Pence’s interactions director.

Nick Lyon, previous state health director, who was charged with uncontrolled murder and bound over for trial.

Eden wells, the primary state medical physician was formerly charged.

Last but not least, 2 Flint emergency situation supervisors, Darnell Early and Gerald Ambrose, who were likewise formerly charged.

Former Gov. Snyder was on UpFront here on channel 7 on Sept. 15 and we asked him about possible charges and if he was worried.

Numerous have actually given that launched declarations concerning the lawsuits.

Brian Lennon, lawyer for previous Gov. Snyder stated, “We have been told by several reporters that the Michigan Attorney General’s Office of Special Counsel plans to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder with crimes related to the Flint water investigation. That office has refused to share information about these charges with us, which is an indication that a public relations smear campaign is a higher priority than any official legal action.

It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. Snyder. Any charges would be meritless. Coming from an administration that claims to be above partisan politics, it is deeply disappointing to see pure political motivation driving charging decisions.

The Office of Special Counsel clearly needs a scapegoat after wasting five years and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on a fruitless investigation. Rather than following the evidence to find the truth, the Office of Special Counsel appears to be targeting former Gov. Snyder in a political escapade.”

Ted Leopold and Michael Pitt, interim court-appointed co-lead class counsel for the Flint lawsuits launched the listed below joint declaration:

“The residents of Flint were victims of decisions by the State of Michigan that resulted in tragic and devastating consequences. While we can never undo the injustice that occurred to the victims of Flint and their community, those responsible—including Governor Snyder and those he appointed to oversee the needs of the Flint residents—should be held accountable for the devastation they caused. On behalf of our clients, we give our assurances that we will continue to fight to make sure that a full measure of justice is obtained.”

Lawyer for Flint DPW Dir. Howard Croft, launched a declaration on his behalf stating, “We are obviously disappointed by the decision to charge former Flint Department of Public Works Director Howard Croft a second time,” stated Croft’s lawyer Jamie White “After more than two years of litigation, we failed to see a credible piece of evidence as it pertained to Mr Croft. Most troubling is the process, or lack of due process, the prosecutors chose to pursue in this second prosecution. We are informed and believe a one-man grand jury was used to authorize these charges. If that was the case, a one-man grand jury is a rarely used dinosaur that has a built-in prejudice as it pertains to an individual’s ability to receive a fair trial. Implementing this secretive and prejudicial process is very concerning at this point in time.”

We’ll have more on this in the coming days.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.