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New lawyer delays Flint court proceedings

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Another probable cause conference involving criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis has been scheduled for June 19, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

Genesee District Court Judge Nathaniel Perry scheduled the new conference after former Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft presented a new attorney, according to the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The judge is set to decide at the June 19 conference when a preliminary hearing will be scheduled, Schuette spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said Tuesday.

The conference involved criminal charges filed against former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former Emergency Manager Gerald Ambrose, Croft and Daugherty Johnson, former city utilities administrator.

The criminal charges are a result of the city providing water to residents that was not properly treated and that resulted in lead contamination.

Earley and Ambrose face 20-year felony charges of false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses, as well as misconduct in office, a five-year felony. In addition, they face one-year misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty while in office. Croft and Johnson also face the false pretenses charges.

lfleming@detroitnews.com