Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Flint class-action suit lawyers subpoena Snyder records | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times

Flint class-action suit lawyers subpoena Snyder records | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times:

Flint class-action suit lawyers subpoena Snyder records


The deadline has just passed for subpoenas to be delivered to the Snyder administration requesting records, the first credible legal action against the governor related to Flint we've heard of. 

It was less than a week ago when Gov. Snyder, as part of his State of the State address, declared, "Tomorrow I will release my 2014 and 2015 e-mails regarding Flint to you, the citizens, so that you will have answers to your questions about what we’ve done ..."

Why shouldn't every interested citizen have those emails already? Because the governor is immune from state Freedom of Information Act laws, and Michigan is just one of two states in which this is the case.

And despite Snyder's announcement, critics immediately countered that the 2013 emails should have been included, as that was when key decisions were made regarding the use of Flint River water. And, needless to say, it was unfortunate that the cache of released emails opened with a message whose body was completely redacted. (One wag joked, "Black lines matter!")

And, in the wake of that email dump, one legislator pointed out that not all Snyder emails were released; as least one email sent to Snyder's public email address concerning the Flint crisis didn't appear. Is that too minor a quibble? The Free Press' Rochelle Riley didn't seem to think so.

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