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Criminal case against Rick Snyder to go on hold

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The legal case against former Governor Rick Snyder is in a holding pattern.

Snyder is facing two misdemeanor charges tied to the Flint water crisis.

Today [Tuesday] a judge agreed to put the case on hold for a few months...while the defense asks a higher court to review the judge’s decision not to dismiss the case.

Defense Attorney Madelaine Lane:

“It would be, we believe, a waste of this court’s time and resources, and taxpayer resources, to continue litigating a matter which ultimately may be dismissed,” said Lane.

The judge still wants the attorneys to continue to share documents in the case,a process itself held up by a lengthy review of grand jury documents.

Judge Crawford said trying this misdemeanor case may take two or three years where the state guidelines normally call for two to four months.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A