Former Gov. Rick Snyder pleads not guilty in Flint water crisis

(Note: Snyder hearing, above, begins at the 27:15 mark in the video)

Former Gov. Rick Snyder appeared in a Flint court this morning and pleaded not guilty to two charges of willful neglect of duty — misdemeanor charges filed on the eve of a major announcement in the Flint water crisis criminal investigation.

Despite the lower-level charges compared with other defendants, the case against Snyder marked a significant moment in the state’s political history. Snyder is the first Michigan governor or former governor to be charged with a crime for alleged conduct while in office.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel praised the high-profile prosecutions led by her office’s Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud as well as Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Nessel had said earlier that she had walled herself off from the criminal cases, turning her focus instead to ongoing civil cases related to the contamination of Flint’s drinking water beginning more than six years ag.

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