‘It’s a mess’: Snyder’s lawyer describes discovery process in former governor’s criminal case
Defense attorney for former Governor Rick Snyder said it was “scandalous” that prosecutors failed to provide him with all the evidence in the Snyder willful negligence case.
Snyder was charged in January with two counts of misdemeanor relating to the Flint water crisis.
The former governor could face a year in prison and up to $ 1,000 in fines on each count if found guilty. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Snyder among nine people charged with crimes ranging from willful neglect of duty to manslaughter in connection with the government’s handling of the water crisis.
Since January, Snyder’s defense team has waited for millions of evidence presented to the grand jury to be thoroughly reviewed before being shared with the defense.
Lawyer Brian Lennon complains that he received less than a quarter of these documents.
“It’s a mess, Your Honor,” Lennon told District Court Judge William Crawford in a brief pre-trial hearing on Tuesday.
At the top of Lennon’s list of complaints, prosecutors have yet to provide a list of government witnesses.
Assistant Attorney General Bryant Osikowicz defended the review process for more than 20 million documents.
“It’s not like you put them in a briefcase,” Osikowicz says. “It takes time.”
In another Flint Water case, a federal bankruptcy court judge is holding a hearing on Wednesday on a petition by Snyder’s lawyers for contempt of the Michigan attorney general’s office.
They claim that the AG’s office released confidential documents in the court records of this case.