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Judge rejects 6-month suspension in major Flint water case

A new team of prosecutors wanted more time to assess and collect more evidence after learning about 23 boxes of records in a state basement.
Credit: AP
FILE - This Jan. 26, 2016 file photo shows a sign over the Flint River noting Flint, Mich., as Vehicle City. After months of national attention on lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, many are starting to ask questions about a 74-mile pipeline being built from Lake Huron to the struggling former auto manufacturing powerhouse. The $285 million project is rooted in political ambitions and long-simmering resentment toward Detroit, which for decades had near-total control of the city’s water rates. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

FLINT, Mich. —  A judge has rejected a six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan's former health director, who is the highest-ranking official charged in the Flint water scandal. 

A new team of prosecutors wanted more time to assess and collect more evidence after learning about 23 boxes of records in a state basement. But Judge Joseph Farah on Friday said the discovery has no practical impact on his next step.

Farah must decide whether to affirm or throw out another judge's decision to send Nick Lyon to trial. Lyon is accused of failing to timely warn the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease while Flint was using the Flint River in 2014-15.

Farah said he'll make his ruling no later than June 14, a month later than planned.

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