A year after unprecedented charges against a former Michigan governor, the Flint water prosecution of Rick Snyder and eight others is moving slowly, bogged down by disputes over millions of documents and even whether some cases were filed in the proper court.
Snyder, a Republican, is charged with willful neglect of duty arising from decisions to switch Flint’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014-15 without treating it to reduce the corrosive effect on aging urban pipes. Lead contaminated the system, a disastrous result in the majority Black community.
Indeed, former Michigan health director Nick Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter, related to nine Flint-area deaths blamed on Legionnaires’ disease during the water switch. Some experts have pointed to bacteria in the river water for the outbreak.