Gov. Whitmer cuts off legal aid in Flint water probe

The Flint Water Treatment Plant is shown September 14, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is cutting off legal help for state employees who are interviewed by investigators in the Flint water scandal.

The Flint Journal reports that current and former employees won’t get their bills paid unless they’re charged with a crime for state-related work.

Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown says the change is based on guidance from Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Prosecutors in June dropped all pending charges against eight people in an investigation of how Flint’s water became contaminated with lead and subsequently contributed to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud, who took over in January, said the previous team had mishandled or ignored evidence.

The investigation still is alive, although no new cases have been filed.

Seven people pleaded no contest to misdemeanors when the investigation was led by special prosecutor Todd Flood.

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1 Comment

  • Rj

    When the city council in flint decided to switch from Detroit water to the flint river is when this all happened, they who made this decision should be the ones on the hot seat but they all just walk free. When is the state going to check the horrible flint river and find the truth behind the water contamination ?

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