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Special Prosecutor Todd Flood
BY MIKE KILLBREATH
Posted on January 15, 2019
New Attorney General says Todd Flood must answer to newly-appointed Solicitor General if he gets to stay on job of Flint cases
FLINT (CCN) — Todd Flood now officially has a new boss in the Flint water cases, if he gets to stay on the job. Newly-elected Attorney General Dana Nessel announced via a press release on Tuesday that her new Solicitor General will take over the lead in the cases from Flood who was appointed as Special Prosecutor in January of 2016 by outgoing AG Bill Schuette.
Flood has so far made plea deals with six defendants, three more were bound over to Genesee County Circuit Court to face trials and six more are still at the preliminary exam stage in Genesee County 67th District Court.
AG Nessel named career prosecutor Fadwa A. Hammoud to take over the lead in the cases a few hours after selecting her to become Michigan’s new Solicitor General. Nessel had announced last week that she was turning to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to consult on the cases and possibly take them over.
No announcement was made Tuesday about Flood's future in the prosecution proceedings. He has not returned telephone calls to The Daily Gazette about the situation since word came down last week from Nessel that she was turning to Worthy for help on making a final decision on how to proceed with the Flint prosecutions.
“The former Attorney General chose to personally select and supervise Mr. Flood and the criminal cases, which prevented him from being engaged or even informed on any of the civil cases related to Flint, including the lawsuits against various state departments and employees and the city of Flint,” AG Nessel said. “These cases have gone on for years and have cost the taxpayers of this state millions of dollars. It’s time for resolution and justice for the people of Flint. We don’t prescribe to the idea of prosecution for profit in this office. I have worked closely with Ms. Hammoud as a prosecutor and trust her to make the right decisions and take the proper steps to ensure justice for the people of Flint. This department has spent millions of dollars on these cases and our state residents deserve assurance that these cases are handled properly.”
Nessel’s appointment of Hammoud as Solicitor General received high praise from Worthy, Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Cameron and Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Kenny.
"Attorney General Nessel’s appointment of Fadwa Hammoud to serve as Michigan’s next Solicitor General is a brilliant choice," Worthy said. "She is a visionary with an excellent work ethic. This is bittersweet for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and me personally. Fadwa has served all Wayne County residents with integrity, distinction and honor. We are sad to see her leave Wayne County service, but the citizens of the entire state will be the beneficiary of her fairness and impressive reputation.”
Judge Cameron said, "While I served as a Wayne County judge, Fadwa earned the reputation of being a smart, strong and passionate trial attorney who fought for victims' rights and as someone who could be counted on to follow the law. Fadwa's background, experience and intellect are a great fit for this new role, and I'm confident that the state of Michigan will be well-served with her as its Solicitor General.”
Judge Kenny added, "Fadwa Hammoud’s years of dedicated public service to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and the Dearborn School Board demonstrate her concern for improving the lives of the citizens of the State of Michigan. She is a passionate advocate for our citizens.”
About 100 Flint residents packed a meeting shortly after election day at the GCARD office in Flint to urge Nessel to keep Flood on the job. Some were told by meeting organizers that Nesel would attend, but she instead sent a representative to hear their opinions.
Flint City Councilman Eric Mays announced during the meeting at GCARD that he had talked with Flood who told him that he felt so strongly about getting justice for Flint residents that he was willing to continue on the job for free. Community activists Melissa Mays and Arthur Woodson were among the residents who also spoke at the meeting in favor of keeping Flood on the cases.
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January 15, 2019