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Michigan Attorney General appoints new attorney to oversee Flint water probe

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Michigan Attorney General's Office

There’s a new attorney in charge of the criminal cases surrounding the Flint water crisis. Fadwa Hammoud was just appointed as Michigan’s new Solicitor General.   

Within hours of that announcement, the Attorney General’s office said Hammoud would also be taking on the role of lead attorney in the Flint water crisis criminal cases.

The investigation into the administration of former Governor Rick Snyder was started by former Attorney General Bill Schuette. He had appointed Todd Flood as a “special prosecutor.”  Flood will stay on and report to Hammoud.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement that these cases have gone on for too long and it’s time for a resolution and justice for Flint residents.

“This department has spent millions of dollars on these cases and our state residents deserve assurance that these cases are handled properly,” Nessel said.

Hammoud is a former prosecuting attorney.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says she is closely watching the ongoing criminal investigation into the water crisis. 

"I have said from the beginning that all we want is for those who are responsible for the water crisis to be held accountable," Weaver said in a written statement, "I want to make sure that as the pursuit for justice for the residents of Flint moves forward, that progress is not delayed in any way. I have faith that the new Attorney General is determined to hold those accountable who should be.”

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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