Guardian: A team of prosecutors and investigators leading the investigation into the Flint water crisis from 2016 through 2018 were assembling a racketeering case against the architects of a bond deal that residents and experts say sparked the health disaster, sources familiar with the criminal investigation have told the Guardian.
The case – which would have come under the Rico (racketeer-influenced and corrupt organizations) laws often used to charge organized crime groups – was widespread and set to implicate additional state officials who played a role in the poisoning of Flint, according to these sources.
But when the team was suddenly broken up and the investigation restarted with a new set of investigators, the Rico case never materialized.
What happened? Critics point to the Michigan attorney general, Dana Nessel.
Running to replace the term-limited Republican attorney general Bill Schuette in 2018, Nessel, a Democrat, criticized the Flint criminal investigation under Schuette as “politically charged show trials” and campaigned on revamping the investigation.
Shortly after Nessel won the attorney general race and took office, her administration fired the top prosecutors and investigators working on the Schuette-launched investigation and restarted the prosecution with a new team.
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Because we are such a mess, there are limits to what we can do. The crazy number of towns and cities and school districts that suddenly realized their water was crap, because of Flint, means that arrests and lawsuits would cascade across the country bankrupting entire towns and maybe states. The same type of thing happened when everyone realized the nursing homes were death traps.
The goal of the activists is clean water, not carpet bombing politics. That said, I would make a ‘Brokovich” type task force to evaluate the countries drinking water. Take the money from the Army or Navy. The military is our biggest polluter and they should pay.
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