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Michigan AG Dana Nessel may soon chart new course for Flint water crisis probe

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Michigan Radio

We will learn soon if Michigan’s new attorney general wants to take the Flint water crisis criminal investigation into a new direction.

Dana Nessel was critical of the criminal probe into the Flint water crisis when she was running for Michigan attorney general last year. Now that she is the attorney general, Nessel has some decisions to make.

A Nessel spokeswoman says, “No decisions have been made regarding the prosecution team” at this time.  But that time may be coming.

Nessel spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney says an announcement is expected in “the next several days.”

15 current and former government officials have been charged criminally in connection with Flint’s water crisis. 

Six have reached plea deals with prosecutors. 

The rest are waiting to see if they will have to stand trial on charges ranging from misconduct to involuntary manslaughter.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.