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Judge: Ex-governor must testify in Flint water civil trial

Associated Press

Former Gov. Rick Snyder's attorney says he may invoke right to remain silent

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and several other officials must testify in a civil trial involving engineering firms being sued over liability for lead-contaminated water connected to the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy denied motions by former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials to toss out subpoenas that require them them to testify.

Snyder, a Republican, faces misdemeanor charges in the Flint Water Crisis. His attorney has said, Snyder would invoke his right to remain silent if called as a witness in the ongoing civil trial in federal court in Ann Arbor.

Attorneys for four Flint children claim Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman were negligent in not doing more to get the city to properly treat water that was being pulled from the Flint River back in 2014-15. Corrosive water caused lead to leach from service lines serving homes, a disastrous result in the majority Black community.

A hearing will be held to determine how the court will address specific arguments during the trial where their answers could expose them to risk of self-incrimination.

There is no safe level of lead. It can harm a child’s brain development and cause attention and behavior problems.

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