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Judge delays Rick Snyder's criminal case

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Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's criminal court hearing this morning [Tuesday] was delayed until next month as the judge reviews key issues.

District Court Judge William Crawford is considering a pair of motions to dismiss misdemeanor counts against Snyder for his role in the Flint water crisis. Crawford wants to give both sides time to argue whether he’s the right judge to hear the case.

Crawford says he’s being asked to rule on areas of law he is not well acquainted with and to potentially review decisions made by higher courts.

“I think it’s fair to say that no stone is being left unturned in this case by the prosecution or the defense,” said Crawford.

The former governor is charged with two counts of Willful Neglect of Duty. Snyder’s lawyers argue he should not face trial in Genesee County because the governor was working on Ingham County when the alleged crimes took place.