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Criminal Justice & Legal System

Bills introduced to extend statute of limitations for criminal misconduct

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Bills introduced Wednesday in the state House and Senate would extend the statute of limitations in criminal misconduct cases involving public officials.

The legislation was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich and Democratic Representative John Cherry.

The Flint water crisis prosecution team dropped remaining criminal charges without prejudice earlier this summer.

Cherry says many residents expressed concern after a new investigation was launched.

“Folks whose trust in government is already frayed, are very concerned that any people who engaged in criminal behavior are going to get off,” Cherry said.

Cherry says the new investigation was prompted by the discovery of more than 20 million documents.

“I want to make sure that folks who are doing a full, complete, professional investigation get a chance to file any charges that ought to be filed based on the evidence,” he said.

The current statute of limitations for criminal misconduct cases is six years.

The legislation would extend that statute to 10 years.

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