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Flint water case in opposition to ex-Gov. Snyder needs to be tossed, lawyer says

Former Governor Rick Snyder’s legal team wants the charges against him to be dismissed last week as part of the Flint water crisis investigation because they were brought in the wrong court.

Snyder’s attorney Brian Lennon wrote in a letter to prosecutors Monday that he intended to motion to dismiss the case because the charges should have been filed in Lansing, not Genesee County, including Flint.

“The indictment is fatally flawed because it charged Governor Snyder with crimes allegedly committed in Genesee County. Those crimes are false but fatally flawed because they were indicted in the wrong place,” Lennon said, admitting during a pre the problem a trial on Monday morning in the 67th district court. “Governor Snyder was in his office in the Romney building in downtown Lansing at all times during the indictment.”

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Last week, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office indicted Snyder and eight others over their roles in the Flint water crisis. Snyder has been charged with two cases of willful default, a misdemeanor.

Snyder only appeared briefly at Monday’s hearing about Zoom. He didn’t speak.

Prosecutors tried to postpone the hearing to a later date to clarify a number of issues with Snyder’s lawyers. District Judge William Crawford II asked both sides to meet later Monday to clarify the issues before setting a later date for the hearing.

In a previous statement, Lennon said, “The ridiculous charges against ex-Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are politically motivated, false and grievously flawed. We will ask the court to dismiss these charges as they should never have been brought.” “

Lennon also questioned the manner in which prosecutors gathered evidence on the case. In particular, he wanted to know if the Attorney General’s Office was using a “dirty team” to investigate seized materials and electronic equipment that might contain information that would be protected by legal and client law.

Snyder’s government mobile devices were among the items investigators confiscated in 2019 as part of the Flint investigation.

Attorneys from the attorney general did not say whether or not a dirty team was used during the hearing.

Dirty teams are usually made up of prosecutors who are not involved in the case, Lennon says. The absence of such a team in Snyder’s case would “call into question the integrity of the entire investigation,” Lennon said.

Contact Joe Guillen: 313-222-6678 or jguillen@freepress.com

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