Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty against former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for his role in the Flint water disaster:
Genesee County District Court records show the charges stem from an alleged offense on April 25, 2014 — the day Flint began using the Flint River as its new water source.
…Snyder, a Republican who has been out of office for two years, was governor when state-appointed managers in Flint switched the city’s water to the Flint River in 2014 as a cost-saving step while a pipeline was being built to Lake Huron. The water, however, was not treated to reduce corrosion — a disastrous decision affirmed by state regulators that caused lead to leach from old pipes and poison the distribution system used by nearly 100,000 residents [Joe Guillen and Paul Egan, “Former Gov. Rick Snyder Faces 2 Criminal Charges in Flint Water Case,” Detroit Free Press, 2021.01.13].
Hmm… Governor Kristi Noem has demonstrated a fair amount of willful neglect that has put South Dakotans at greater peril of catching and dying from coronavirus (as of yesterday, 104,195 South Dakotans infected, 1,604 dead). If we had a real Attorney General, South Dakota could consider charges against Governor Noem like those against former Governor Snyder for neglect that exacerbates a public health crisis.
Hmm… maybe House Bill 1046, the measure to outlaw most possible lawsuits over liability for coronavirus, isn’t just South Dakota Republicans carrying more water for ALEC and other corporate fascists. Maybe HB 1046 is meant to keep Kristi Noem from facing legal repercussions (and paying big fines out of all the money she’s making now as a TV star) for her failure to manage the coronavirus pandemic.