Prosecutors Drop Charges In Flint Water Crisis

Nick Lyon Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services director looks to the judge during Lyon's preliminary examination in Genesee District Court in Flint Mich

Nick Lyon Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services director looks to the judge during Lyon's preliminary examination in Genesee District Court in Flint Mich

The outbreak occurred at the same time that the city's water system was contaminated with lead.

The Associated Press reports that prosecutors are "starting the investigation over again" from scratch.

Prosecutors are expected to review millions of new documents and hundreds of electronic devises before closing the investigation.

"Our team has already identified additional individuals of interest and new information relevant to the Flint Water Crisis", says Hammoud, "These investigative leads will be aggressively pursued".

Although prosecutors cautioned that Lyon and others could be charged again, Chamberlain said he's not anxious.

Chip Chamberlain, Lyon's lawyer, said they feel "fantastic and vindicated" by the dismissal of charges Thursday.

"We're confident that a just and fair investigation, done properly, will yield no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing", Chamberlain said.

The indictment alleges two men died of the illness as a result of Lyon's failure to act, and links the outbreak to Flint's then-unsafe water supply.

"I want to remind the people of Flint that justice delayed is not always justice denied and a fearless and dedicated team of career prosecutors and investigators are hard at work to ensure those who harmed you are held accountable", Nessel said. "Words can not express how disappointed I am that justice continues to be delayed and denied to the people of my city", he said. They acknowledged they would meet with Flint residents later this month and great they were "no longer precluded from refiling prices in opposition to the defendants" or adding original prices and defendants.

But residents remain still wary, both of the city's water and the state's ability to bring them justice.

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- Gerald Ambrose, former Flint emergency manager.

Some experts also have linked the water to Legionnaires' disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs. People can get sick if they inhale mist or vapour, typically from cooling systems.

Hammoud and Worthy said the office will not respond to media inquiries until after they have spoken to the people of Flint at a "community conversation" June 28.

Fifteen people initially were charged by former Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican.

In a Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, photo, Dr. Eden Wells listens to closing arguments from Special Prosecutor Todd Flood during the preliminary examination of Wells at Genesee County District Court in Flint, Mich. Andy Arena, the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Detroit, was a key investigator. Their records will eventually be scrubbed clean.

- Former Michigan Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells.

The charges were brought by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), a federal prosecutorial agency, and were based on an investigation that state prosecutors described as "flawed".

Prosecutors still have the ability to refile charges pending another investigation. State government separately has spent millions of dollars to provide defence lawyers to public employees charged in the case. Flood told Detroit television station WJBK on Thursday that he wishes "all the luck in the world" to Hammoud, but he did not directly address the dismissal of cases that he had filed.

"We had an experienced, aggressive and hard-driving team", said Schuette, who lost a campaign for governor previous year.

Art Woodson, an activist who unsuccessfully sought the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, said he is encouraged that Nessel, a Democrat who was elected in November, subpoenaed the cell phones of former Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other officials.

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