Several state and city officials face new charges in the Flint Water Crisis.
The charges include involuntary manslaughter for people including Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and former Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. Michigan Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells faces charges of obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.
These are the most high-reaching and severe charges related to the water crisis so far. Will they stick? How difficult will it be for prosecutors to prove them in court? Could charges go even higher — even into the governor’s office?
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton is taking part in the investigation into the crisis and will prosecute crimes related to it. He joins Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson to talk about the investigation and the charges involved.
“I don’t think the people of Flint feel they have any closure, nor do they have a sense of justice,” says Leyton.
When asked about whether the prosecution team could charge officials even higher up the chain of command, Leyton says, “We can only go where the evidence takes us.”
Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.