Flint water prosecutors making progress on investigation six years after switch
(4/17/2020) - The state's two top prosecutors leading the renewed Flint water crisis criminal investigation say they are making progress as the six-year anniversary approaches.
Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy launched a fresh investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing leading up to and after Flint's water switch in 2014.
On April 25, 2014, officials flipped a switch changing Flint's water source from the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit to the Flint River. The more corrosive river water was not treated adequately, allowing lead from water lines to leach into people's homes and poison residents.
Hammoud and Worthy issued a joint statement Friday pointing out that statutes of limitations vary by the alleged offenses and the date when they occurred. The six-year anniversary on April 25 is not a deadline to bring new charges, they say.
"Though we cannot comment on the specifics of our investigation, we remain on track, and we are delivering on our commitment to the people of Flint,” their statement says.
Former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette launched an investigation in 2015 led by Special Prosecutor Todd Flood looking into possible criminal wrongdoing. Ten state and local government officials were charged and appeared in court.
After Schuette left office and current Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel took office on Jan. 1, 2019, she replaced the investigative team. They eventually dismissed all charges pending and launched a fresh investigation in 2019.
Nessel is working on civil lawsuits involving the state related to the water crisis while Hammoud and Worthy are leading the criminal investigation.
Here is the full statement from Hammoud and Worthy: