Michigan 's former health director was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires' disease during the Flint water crisis. Nick Lyon pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a Genesee County court.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan ’s former health director was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis as...
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s former health director was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis as prosecutors revisit how the city’s water system was contaminated with lead and bacteria during one of worst human-made environmental disasters in U.S. history.
Nick Lyon pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a Genesee County court. Moments later, his old boss, former Gov. Rick Snyder, also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint.They were among several people summoned to court to face charges, the result of a renewed 19-month investigation launched by the attorney general’s office after Dana Nessel, a Democrat, was elected.
The charges against Snyder carry up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction. No governor or former governor in Michigan’s 184-year history had been charged with crimes related to their time in that office, according to the state archivist. headtopics.com
Wearing a mask, Snyder, 62, said little during the brief hearing, which was conducted by video. He replied, “Yes, your honor,” when asked if he was living in Michigan.“We believe there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against Gov. Snyder,” defense attorney Brian Lennon told reporters Wednesday night.
Snyder, a Republican, was governor from 2011 through 2018. The former computer executive pitched himself as a problem-solving “nerd” who eschewed partisan politics and favored online dashboards to show performance in government. Flint turned out to be the worst chapter of his two terms due to a series of catastrophic decisions that will affect residents for years.
The date of Snyder’s alleged crimes in Flint is listed as April 25, 2014, when a Snyder-appointed emergency manager, Darnell Earley, who was running the struggling, majority Black city carried out a money-saving decision to use the Flint River for water while a pipeline from Lake Huron was under construction.
The corrosive water, however, was not treated properly and released lead from old plumbing into homes. Read more: The Associated Press »
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Democrats ran Flint and the water board for 40 years, but lets go after any and all Republicans instead. The Communist purge has started. Lock this man up and throw away the keys! It is appropriate to place the blame on the Governor. If convicted he's going to get... maddow did a fantastic piece on the whole thing tonight!
👇🏼 Joni_Looking It's about time. 2 misdemeanors.