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Flint water crisis court hearings set to resume

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The Flint water crisis criminal process is set to resume after taking a break for the holidays.

State health department director Nick Lyon is due to return to court next week. For the past several months, a series of witnesses have testified about how the health department under Lyon was slow to publicly reveal a deadly Legionnaires disease outbreak in Genesee County.  Lyon is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with that outbreak.  

Several current and former state Department of Environmental Quality officials are also due in court next week. They are facing a variety of charges, including misconduct in office, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.

They may see familiar faces on the witness stand.

Water quality analyst Adam Rosenthal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge last month in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors. Three other defendants have entered into similar deals.

Court hearings for other defendants, including two former emergency managers appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, are scheduled for the end of this month and the beginning of February.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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