Schuette, wheels of justice grind forward in Flint water cases

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last week authorized criminal charges against four additional people in connection to the Flint lead-in-the-water crisis that rocked the Snyder Administration and southern Michigan after it was made public in late 2014.

The latest cases bring to 13 the number of people who have been charged in the investigation of Flint water and the Legionnaires’ outbreak that ultimately claimed a dozen lives. The other defendants are eight current or former state employees and a Flint water plant employee.

In the minds of some, Schuette’s role has been little more than that of a wily politician laying the groundwork for a 2018 run for the governor’s office. Gov. Rick Snyder will leave office after 2018 due to the state’s term limit law. Others, meanwhile, have complained the attorney general was too slow to initiate a criminal investigation which lead to charges being authorized.

From where we sit, Schuette, was going to take political heat, no matter which course he followed.

That’s big-league politics.

The intention of this writing is to neither assign blame nor dismiss responsibility for anyone involved. The courts will determine culpability.

Pundits and politcos alike should give the system, and Schuette, a chance to do the work that needs to be done.