Several people charged in Flint water emergency appear in court

Published: Mar. 13, 2017 at 11:56 AM EDT
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(03/13/17) - One of the first people to be sentenced in connection with the Flint water emergency learned her fate Monday.

Corinne Miller will face no jail time, even though she withheld information about legionella in Flint River water, but she does have to do something she's not looking forward to - 67th District Judge Jennifer Manley ordered her to write a letter of apology to the people of Flint.

Her attorney objected.

"It will put her in quite a position in the public record about an apology," said Kristen Guinn.

Manley insisted if Miller wants to avoid sitting in a cell.

"I do deem it appropriate that Ms. Miller be placed on probation for 12 months," Manley said.

The lawyer handling the case for the attorney general's office says Miller has been very helpful.

"She was the one who had the courage to step up and face the music first, which then in turn helped us dramatically with our case. The court saw it fit with the plea, everybody agreed to it. Listen, it's no small feat for this to happen," said Todd Flood.

Five former employees of the Michigan DEQ and two from Health and Human Services have been arraigned so far. Their attorneys feel charges should be reduced or dropped, but Manley says it would be premature to drop the charges and ordered preliminary exams for five of the accused in September and two in November.

That could mean their trials wouldn't start until 2018.

"I think the defense wants to move it along. We want to move it along. We're going to do the best we can," Flood said.

He wouldn't say if more state employees or former state employees will face charges.