Wayne County prosecutor asked to take over Flint water crisis criminal cases

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LANSING (WJRT) (1/4/2018) - New Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is seeking an outside opinion and new leadership on prosecuting the Flint water crisis criminal cases.

She has asked Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to review the status of the cases against top Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials, Flint's former emergency managers and city water officials.

Worthy also has been asked to take over prosecution of the cases on behalf of the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

Worthy was part of Nessel's transition team as Nessel took over from outgoing Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose office filed all of the cases in 2017.

Schuette hired special prosecutor Todd Flood to handle the cases on his behalf. In the 18 months since the cases were filed, Flood has billed the state for millions of dollars in fees.

“I have total confidence in Prosecutor Worthy and her office and there is no one whose opinion I value more when it comes to the complexity and importance of these cases,” Nessel said. “We are hoping to have a response from Prosecutor Worthy regarding acceptance of these cases soon.”