6th Circ. Forces Mich. Officials To Face Flint Lead Claim

By Michael Phillis (May 26, 2020, 9:24 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit has said that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other public officials must face allegations that they violated the constitutional rights of a proposed class of Flint, Michigan, residents because they were indifferent to the harm caused by the city's lead water crisis.

A court majority said Friday that residents who can "expect to see their children permanently developmentally stunted" can pursue allegations against officials they say are responsible for the crisis, for prolonging it and for lying about it.

The majority said Snyder and other public officials could not claim qualified immunity because they allegedly violated the...

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