Flint Water Cases Grind Along

Court exams have been going on for weeks targeting two high-level state officials for the Flint water emergency. The end is not in sight.

Separate court hearings began in early May for State Health Director Nick Lyon and chief Medical Officer Dr. Eden Wells. Both are charged with involuntary manslaughter in how they handled outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County after drinking water became contaminated.
Judges in the cases must decide whether Lyon and Wells will stand trial.
After weeks of expert testimony and arguments, attorneys are preparing written briefs and the court staffs are completing transcripts. After that, more arguments could occur, and the special prosecutor for the Michigan attorney general could amend the charges.
Dr. Wells is due back in court later this month. And lawyers are arguing about a schedule to wrap up the case against Lyon.
Both officials say there’s no evidence that Legionnaire’s was caused by the bad Flint water.