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Fri Mar 4, 2016, 08:10 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hires two lawyers, including prominent criminal defense attorney,

Snyder is lawyering up which means that he is worried http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/gov-snyder-hires-criminal-lawyer-due-flint-water-crisis-article-1.2552276

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has hired two outside lawyers at state expense to assist with civil representation and to search and process emails and other records connected to Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis, his office said Thursday.

The two lawyers have each been awarded a contract worth $249,000 through Dec. 31, Snyder spokesman Ari Adler confirmed. That’s just below the $250,000 threshold that would require approval from a state board that meets in public, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Adler said the amount was intentional so Snyder could hire the attorneys quickly in early February. The contracts were first reported Wednesday by Crain’s Detroit Business.
Snyder could face criminal charges

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Reply Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hires two lawyers, including prominent criminal defense attorney, (Original post)
Letmypeoplevote Mar 2016 OP
City Kitty Mar 2016 #1
Argentina Mar 2016 #2
specs Mar 2016 #3
MountainDew Mar 2016 #4
Letmypeoplevote Mar 2016 #10
MountainDew Mar 2016 #11
MountainDew Mar 2016 #5
Letmypeoplevote Mar 2016 #6
Cave Dweller Mar 2016 #7
exindy Mar 2016 #8
Letmypeoplevote Mar 2016 #9
Letmypeoplevote May 2016 #12

Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Fri Mar 4, 2016, 08:19 PM

1. Making the State Pay for His Defense

Typical Republican - mommy state has to take care of him while others are left to twist in the wind.

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Response to City Kitty (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 4, 2016, 09:10 PM

2. True. He takes state money while denying it to the Flint lead victims who really need help.

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Response to Argentina (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 4, 2016, 09:34 PM

3. yeah all 8 of them over the last 3 years :)

 

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Response to City Kitty (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 4, 2016, 10:04 PM

4. YAWN and MEOW!

 

That's about all I ever get from your posts. The YAWN is for nothing but talking points -- here have another YAWN.

MEOW is just something a City Kitty would say -- are they any different than Country or Suburban Kittys. Don't they all go MEOW and demand someone take care of them -- Kind of like a mommy?

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Response to MountainDew (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 07:42 PM

10. Dems vow to strip Snyder legal fees from office budget

This makes me smile http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/03/14/dems-vow-strip-snyder-legal-fees-office-budget/81758330/

LANSING — House Minority Leader Tim Greimel said Monday that Democrats will try to strip at least $800,000 from the office budget of Gov. Rick Snyder unless the governor withdraws a request that's before the State Administrative Board for the state to pick up $1.2 million in legal fees related to criminal and civil investigations into and civil lawsuits arising from the Flint drinking water crisis.

The Free Press reported Thursday that Snyder signed a contract with the Grand Rapids law firm Warner Norcross & Judd for advice and representation related to "any criminal investigations and prosecutions and related claims" resulting from the Flint drinking water crisis. The governor's office also has entered into an outside contract with the law firm of civil attorney Eugene Driker.

On Tuesday, Snyder is asking the State Administrative Board to increase the value of those contracts, which are each now set at $249,000, to $800,000 and $400,000 respectively.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 08:24 PM

11. YAWN !

 

That's about all I ever get from your posts. The YAWN is for nothing but talking points. I'd put a MEOW in there but that might make you want to LetTheCatsVote. God knows they don't have to be legal for you and yours.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Fri Mar 4, 2016, 10:08 PM

5. Have you submitted your resume.

 

With your lawyer skills you could probably get him off, make some money and still have time to copy/paste cartoons to your hearts content.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Wed Mar 9, 2016, 07:52 AM

6. Snyder, Schuette seek $2.7M for Flint legal fees, probe

Snyder is trying to get the taxpayers to pay his legal fees http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/03/08/snyder-schuette-seek-flint-legal-fees-probe/81480424/

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking up to $1.2 million in taxpayer funds for legal fees related to the Flint water crisis, and Attorney General Bill Schuette is seeking at least $1.5 million for his probe, according to requests preliminarily approved Tuesday by a state board committee.

The full State Administrative Board is set to consider the contracts on March 15.

Snyder’s office is requesting up to $800,000 as part of an agreement with Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP of Grand Rapids for legal services, including “records management issues and investigations regarding municipal drinking water” in Flint, according to an agenda summary.

The administration also seeks up to $400,000 as part of an agreement with the Barris, Scott, Denn & Driker law firm of Detroit for work in civil lawsuits filed on behalf of Flint residents, who have sued the governor in addition to other state officials and departments.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Wed Mar 9, 2016, 07:59 AM

7. Don't be all high and mighty.

You claim to be a lawyer. If you were a criminal defense lawyer you would cash his check as fast as you could and tomorrow you would be standing in front of a bank of cameras proclaiming his innocence.

I think he is about 10 weeks too late getting representation. How long before the Mayor of Flint hires a lawyer or 2? That is where the real criminals in this case live. Within the city limits.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Wed Mar 9, 2016, 08:44 AM

8. Taxpayers may face at least $2.7 million in legal fees

I guess his defense is going to cost a bit more.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) requested on Tuesday $1.2 million for legal services, more than double the $500,000 already earmarked. Attorney General Bill Schuette asked for a separate increase in funds to $1.5 million to pay a firm investigating the government's involvement in the crisis.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michigan-governor-flint-legal-fees_us_56dfad1be4b0b25c91801ecc

Fortunately the Michigan AG has decided that the state needs to do much more to protect their politicians. (added) Well, some of them. The AG told the lower level people that they need to fund their own defense cause the state needs the money to protect the gov.

The only question remaining is how to cover this extra cost without taking back any of the tax breaks they gave their cronies. Like giving them the tax abatements and bond issues they need to privatize the water supply.

Whatever happened to Snyder's run for the presidency? Isn't this the kind of "statesman" the conservative base loves?

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 07:40 PM

9. Snyder legal fees over Flint crisis in the millions

Snyder is trying to get the tax payers to pay his legal bills http://wwmt.com/news/state/snyder-legal-fees-over-flint-crisis-in-the-millions

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Governor Snyder is putting a price on outside legal fees for the Flint water crisis, and it's in the millions.

The governor says the fees to be paid with public money could climb to $1.2-million.

The Mich. Attorney General's Office may spend another $1.5-million for Flint-related legal costs.

Attorney's Eugene Driker and Brian Lennon have also been brought in to help the legal team because the governor's office says it lacks internal resources.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu May 26, 2016, 06:08 PM

12. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in an op-ed published early Thursday morning that a meeting with Merr

This is sad http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/5/25/1530773/-Water-in-Flint-still-not-safe-but-Gov-Rick-Snyder-s-lawyers-doing-well

So far, only three low-level state workers have been charged for the politically-motivated bad decisions, deliberate ignorance, and post-crisis coverups that caused the families of Flint, Michigan, to be subjected to high levels of lead in their water. However, prosecutors have already hinted that more charges are coming. In the meantime, civil lawsuits are being filed by people who have to worry about the future of children who could be affected for life.

And you know what they say—the bigger they are, the more public funds they blow on lawyering up.

Bills for an outside legal firm to represent Gov. Rick Snyder in civil lawsuits related to the Flint drinking water crisis are costing taxpayers close to $6,500 a day, and Snyder spent almost the entire $400,000 allocated for the legal contract in February and March alone, records show.
That’s just part of the picture. The total tab the Rickster has run up on taxpayer-funded legal help is already powering past $1.2 million. And that doesn’t count the $800,000 fund set up to protect Snyder against criminal charges after the three arrested workers start to cough up the people who gave them orders.

The fees are controversial, with critics saying Snyder should use only state attorneys from the Attorney General's Office or pay the outside firms using a legal defense fund, campaign funds or other non-taxpayer funds. Snyder says the legal fees arise directly from his official actions as governor and it is appropriate to charge them to the state.
Republicans always come down on the side of cutting public funds … as long as they’re not part of the public.

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