More people may be charged for Flint water crisis crimes, solicitor general says

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FLINT (WJRT) (3/7/2019) Todd Flood has officially switched seats in the courtroom, as the State's Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud takes over the case against former emergency manager, Darnell Earley, and former head of Flint's Department of Public Works, Howard Croft.

"There are many pieces of information we are assessing, even maybe some additional discovery that we will be seeking," Hammoud told the Judge Thursday.

So, he granted an adjournment.

This case opened in December 2016; and so far, there's been little testimony. Their next court date, April 1st, won't bring witnesses either.

"Starting an exam when we haven't completely evaluated the charges and gone through all of the evidence in this case, I think before we're able to do that, it wouldn't be in the best interest of justice to start these examinations," Hammoud explained.

In this case alone, her team is tasked with looking over 4 million documents, plus testimony from the other cases connected to Earley and Croft.

She explained Flood is helping guide her; and on top of that, the AG's Office just hired three more law enforcement officers to help with the investigation.

"I know that this case is personal to them because this case has touched them. So, it wasn't only their qualifications that we were impressed with, it was their passion to serve," Hammoud said.

"We've been working on this case for two years now; and we know it can't get done in a month," Croft's defense attorney, Alexander Rusek said.

He and Earley's team are fine with the delay. Rusek mentioned that it's possible with her reevaluation some or all charges against his client could be dropped.

Hammoud said she'll do what's best for the people of Flint.

"The team - myself and the investigators - will be working diligently to be making sure everybody that was responsible for this crisis is held accountable. Everybody. And, they deserve that," she said.

Hammoud added she'll be spending all day Friday in Flint, meeting with community leaders and touring neighborhoods around the City. She said it'll be the first of many visits.



 
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