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    Criminal cases against former Gov Rick Snyder and nine other state officials are still live.

    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.

    Justices heard arguments from attorneys for former Gov. Rick Snyder and others Wednesday, contending they were denied their cons utional rights when a single grand juror indicted them, and an attorney for former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon went a step further.

    Former state Solicitor General John Bursch said the charges must be dismissed because the state Cons ution prohibits a single grand juror from both investigating and charging the officials with crimes.

    Citizen grand juries are rarely utilized in Michigan and the use of a one-person grand jury, as was done in Flint, is even rarer, attorneys for those charged with water crisis crimes have said.

    Genesee Circuit Judge David J. Newblatt served as the one-judge grand jury in the water crisis cases and heard testimony throughout 2020 before issuing indictments against Snyder and eight others in January 2021.
    https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/202...ter-cases.html

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    Michigan Supreme Court throws out indictments

    A judge had no authority to issue indictments in the Flint water scandal, the Michigan Supreme Court said Tuesday in an extraordinary decision that wipes out charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and seven other people.


    It’s an astonishing defeat for Attorney General Dana Nessel, who took office in 2019, got rid of a special prosecutor and put together a new team to investigate whether crimes were committed when lead contaminated Flint’s water system in 2014-15.


    State laws “authorize a judge to investigate, subpoena witnesses, and issue arrest warrants” as a one-person grand jury, the Supreme Court said.


    “But they do not authorize the judge to issue indictments,” the court said in a 6-0 opinion.
    https://apnews.com/article/health-cr...a40c5d663620eb

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