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Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder asks judge to dismiss water charges

Former Gov. Rick Snyder appears in a court hearing remotely via Zoom.
Former Gov. Rick Snyder appears in a court hearing remotely via Zoom.(source: WJRT)
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 9:17 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are telling prosecutors that the Flint water crisis charges should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county.

Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. The former Republican governor was indicted by a Genesee County judge who sat as a grand juror and considered evidence presented by prosecutors.

Snyder lawyer Brian Lennon says in a letter to prosecutors Tuesday the allegations occurred at the governor’s office in Lansing. He asked the judge to dismiss the two charges immediately.

“The ridiculous charges against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are politically motivated, false and seriously flawed,” Lennon said. “We will be asking the court to dismiss these charges since they should never have been filed in the first place.”

Snyder is among nine people charged in a new investigation of the crisis. A hearing took place Tuesday in Snyder’s case and the next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

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