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MI Supreme Court says Flint defendants improperly denied right to hearing

A sign over the Flint River in Flint, Mich. in January 2016.
A sign over the Flint River in Flint, Mich. in January 2016.

The Michigan Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to the Flint water prosecutions

The decision struck down the use of a one-judge grand jury that issued indictments without the chance for defendants to see and challenge the evidence.

The decision says the Genesee County Circuit Court improperly used the unusual process to indict three former state officials without a preliminary hearing.

John Bursch is the attorney for former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon. Bursch said the attorney general should call it quits on all the Flint prosecutions.

“It’s time for the nonsense to end. The attorney general has wasted millions upon millions of taxpayers’ dollars and abused the public trust.”

The Michigan Attorney General’s office said it will refile charges to comply with the decision.

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