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More Flint water crisis criminal charges dismissed

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Published: Dec. 18, 2019 at 3:29 PM EST
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(12/18/2019) - Criminal charges against two of the three remaining Flint water crisis defendants who took plea deals have been dismissed.

A Genesee County judge dismissed charges against Steven Busch and Michael Prysby on Wednesday after reviewing their cases.

Busch and Prysby both worked for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and were overseeing Flint's water system during the switch to the Flint River in 2014.

Both men took plea deals offered by former special prosecutor Todd Flood, who worked on the case under former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Attorneys for Prysby and Busch said the cases were dismissed with prejudice, which means the prosecution cannot take action again on the same claim.

Only the case against former DEQ chief of drinking water and municipal assistance Liane Shekter-Smith remains. She pleaded no contest in January to one misdemeanor count of disturbing a lawful meeting.

All charges were dropped against eight other defendants in June after Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who now are leading the investigation, decided to start over.

They are leading a new investigation and starting over from the beginning. New charges are possible against the 10 defendants and others as the case continues.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office did not immediately respond to ABC12's request for comment, however, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was asked about the criminal cases Tuesday while visiting Flint.

"I trust Dana Nessel to do the right thing. I think that she has shown she's taking it very seriously. You know, these timelines that we're bumping up on means that she'll probably be making some announcements at the beginning of the year," Whitmer said. "I don't want to speculate on what those look like but I will just say I have the utmost confidence in the attorney general."

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