Despite Nessel's criticisms, Flint prosecution team used private lawyers

Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office is coming under fire for paying roughly $300,000 to five private lawyers for their work on the Flint water investigation and prosecution.

The private counsel makes up about a quarter of the roughly 20 lawyers who have worked on the investigation since Nessel's office scrapped prior prosecutorial efforts and began from scratch in 2019. The probe concerned Flint's switch under state-appointed emergency managers to a new water source that resulted in lead contamination of the drinking water and that experts linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' diseases cases and deaths. 

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