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AG: Flint water prosecutions ended following Michigan Supreme Court decision

The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich.
Carlos Osorio
The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich.

After seven years, the state is done pursuing criminal prosecutions in the Flint water crisis cases. That’s after the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday refusing the state’s appeal of lower court decisions to dismiss charges against former Governor Rick Snyder.

The Supreme Court order lets stand lower court rulings that the attorney general’s Flint prosecution team mishandled the case by using a special one-person grand jury that combined the roles of judge and prosecutor.

Using the language typical in refusing an appeal, the unsigned order said, “… we are not persuaded the question presented should be reviewed by this court.”

The ruling appears to being to an end efforts by the state to hold public officials criminally accountable for actions taken while Flint was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

In 2014, an emergency manager switched the city’s water source to the Flint River, which caused aging pipes to leach lead and other contaminants into the water supply used for drinking and bathing.

In an unsigned statement, the Attorney General’s Flint prosecution team called the decision “a tragic ending” to efforts to hold public officials accountable for the Flint water disaster.

“Our disappointment in the Michigan Supreme Court is exceeded only by our sorrow for the people of Flint,” the statement said.

The team also promised “a thorough report” detailing the reasons behind decisions made on the prosecutions. That report is supposed to be released sometime next year.

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Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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