Snyder's "Unconscionable" Use of Millions in Taxpayer Money for Criminal Defense Fees Questioned

October 1, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

One resident of Flint, Michigan—a city still grappling with a lead-contamination crisis—is asking a grand jury to look into whether Gov. Rick Snyder illegally used $2 million in taxpayer money for his legal fees related to the disaster.

“After what has happened in this city, it’s just a slap in the face,” said 46-year-old Keri Webber, adding that she finds it “unacceptable and unconscionable” for city residents to “pa[y] for the defense of the very man at the center of the whole issue.”

Webber is represented in the case, filed Tuesday in the Ingham County Circuit Court, by attorney Mark Brewer, a former chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. She says her husband and 16-year-old and 21-year-old daughters are suffering from health effects from the lead-poisoned water.

The Associated Press reports: