BREAKING: Attorney General Bill Schuette to charge 5 officials over Flint water
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The investigation into potential criminal wrongdoing in the Flint water crisis advanced Wednesday as Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced involuntary manslaughter charges against Nick Lyon, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services Director and four others.
Lyon is a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s cabinet.
Involuntary manslaughter charges were also brought against former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Department of Environmental Quality Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch.
The charges were announced today and are based on an “alleged failure to act” by the defendants in the water crisis according to a press release from Schuette’s office.
Involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and / or $7,500 fine.
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