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Judge to decide whether to dismiss charges against Rick Snyder

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Former Governor Rick Snyder should learn soon if a judge will dismiss charges against him connected to the Flint water crisis.

Snyder’s defense attorneys say the charges should be dismissed because of issues with the one-man grand jury that issued the indictment and a potential trial in Genesee County.

But Assistant Attorney General Bryant Osikowicz rejects the defense’s contention that as governor Snyder did not have a specific responsibility to the city of Flint.

“Contrary to the defendant’s assertions, he did owe a duty to the city of Flint and its citizens," said Osikowicz. "Especially after he wrested local control from the city when he appointed an emergency manager to rule over its affairs.”

Snyder first appointed an emergency manager to handle Flint's city finances in 2011.

A series of state appointed managers ran the city through 2015.