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Snyder-era officials charged in Flint lose court challenge

Flint, Michigan still dealing with water crisis
Posted at 4:40 PM, Jun 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 16:40:48-04

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge says a group of people indicted in the Flint water scandal has no right to challenge the evidence in District Court.

The decision is a defeat for five people who were charged with felonies through indictments.

Indictments are rarely used in state courts.

People typically charged with felonies are entitled to a hearing called a preliminary exam at which a judge sends a case to trial or dismisses it.

But Genesee County Judge Elizabeth Kelly said that’s not the procedure after an indictment.

Nine people were indicted by a judge serving as a one-person grand jury in Flint.

Former Gov. Rick Snyder was charged with misdemeanors and wasn’t part of the challenge.