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Ex.-Michigan Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder
Posted at 8:00 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 07:17:42-05

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis.

Residents’ tap water became tainted by lead. A legionella outbreak has been connected by experts to ruinous decisions that turned a river into the city’s water source in 2014-15. The indictment filed by the attorney general’s office is groundbreaking.

According to the state archivist, no governor or former governor in Michigan’s 184-year history had been charged with crimes related to their time in that office.

Snyder was in office from 2011 through 2019.