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

January 13, 2021

LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with willful neglect of duty after an investigation of decisions that left Flint with lead-contaminated water and a regional outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

The charges, revealed in an online court record, are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The charges are groundbreaking: 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.

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