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FLINT, MI – A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week.



Water Treatment Plant Foreman Matthew McFarland, 43, of Otter Lake died suddenly on on Saturday, April 16,




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Kind of reminds me of this: Flint burglary where water files stored 'an inside job,' police chief says



"Mystery still surrounds an unsolved December break-in at an executive office inside City Hall where Flint water files were kept."


"'It was definitely an inside job. The power cord (to the TV) wasn't even taken. The average drug user knows that you'd need the power cord to be able to pawn it,' Johnson said."


"Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said documents were strewn about the room, and it is impossible to know if any of them were taken."


"Weaver did not say exactly where the room was located in the suite, but did say a window was broken in an apparent effort to access to the area. 'They had to know what room to go into, I could just say that.' she said."


"'We don't know if papers or files were taken because papers were all over the floor,' she said. 'Maybe papers were taken, maybe they weren't. We just don't know.'"


Maybe the deaths are unrelated, but someone is obviously trying to hide something... In fact, I'm not so sure that the three people charged are really to blame for things. The facility never had the capabilities to add phosphates or properly treat the water, it required >$50 million to do so. The worst that these individuals did was to lie about phosphates being added, even though they had absolutely no control over adding corrosion control. Even if they wanted phosphates they could not have done so with the Flint facility. So the whole "he told us not to add phosphates" claim is irrelevant BS. Did we expect an honest investigation from Schuette?


What about the individuals who made the switch, knowing that the plant could not properly treat the water without massive upgrades, who then left the blame on lower level employees? What about the engineering firms that did not pull out of their contracts when the state wanted to do something dangerous with the water system? Isn't that their job to advise them and distance themselves from criminal acts or to inform environmental agencies?

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A very important plantiff:


"The Bell case, however, played an important role in determining the future of the more than five dozen other lawsuits that were filed.  


Initially, Bell's case and the others were filed in Genesee Circuit Court. However, they were transferred to U.S. District Court on a motion from one of the defendants, engineering company Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam.


However, Ann Arbor U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara ruled April 13 that Bell's case should return to the state court claiming it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case."


Here's some more interesting corruption that was luckily caught and fixed: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/02/16/judge-removes-flint-case/80468076/


"Judge Michael J. Talbot, chief of the Michigan Court of Claims as well as the Michigan Court of Appeals, took over the civil case soon after it was filed Jan. 21. It had originally been assigned to Judge Mark Boonstra through the blind draw process."


"Attorneys representing the residents quickly challenged the change in oversight as having 'the appearance of impropriety' since it seemed to ignore the blind-draw process. On Tuesday, Talbot issued an Order of Reassignment putting the case back in the hands of Boonstra."


"Last week, the chief clerk for Michigan’s Court of Appeals said the assignment of the case to Talbot was not controversial."


“To me, that was not a reassignment,” Jerome Zimmer Jr. told The Detroit News. “We used Local Order 2015-2 for management purposes with regard to that case. Beyond that, I don’t have any comment.”


How did this happen?


"Local Administrative Order 2015-2 was enacted less than two months ago and allows the Court of Claims to bypass the blind-draw process in four scenarios."


"In signing the legislation reorganizing the court, Snyder said the changes would provide better statewide representation of the judges hearing Court of Claims cases."


Nothing like making up last minute rules to get lawsuits targeting yourself transferred over to one of your buddies.

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