Snyder’s attorneys argue proof could also be inadmissible as a result of ‘taint crew’ wasn’t used

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Snyder's attorneys argue evidence may be inadmissible because 'taint team' wasn't used

(WXYZ) – Attorneys for former Michigan governor Rick Snyder say evidence in the case may be tainted and inadmissible.

You have asked the court to stop the deadline for filing motions in court pending a decision on your motion to dismiss the charges.

It’s about the admission that no “taint” team was used in the case. A dirty team is used to filter out material that might fall under a privilege which in one case would make it illegal.

You can read the full statement from Snyder’s team below:

We are taking this step after Attorney General Fadwa Hammoud admitted that her team did not use a “taint” or “filter” team in the course of his investigation into former Governor Snyder.

This admission raises questions as to whether the evidence presented to the single judge’s grand juror may have been compromised by this fundamental violation of the investigation record.

This is an astonishing admission given that Attorney General Hammoud publicly confirmed in June 2019 that he had searched and seized documents and electronic equipment belonging to Governor Snyder and his senior executives.

Taint or filter teams are a standard criminal investigation protocol used by prosecutors to separate privileged materials so that investigative teams do not see information that they are prohibited from reviewing and using. Taint teams usually consist of prosecutors and investigators who are not part of the law enforcement team.

The absence of a tainted team raises questions as to whether the evidence presented to the single judge’s grand judge is unaffected by this fundamental violation of well-established investigative protocol.

If Governor Snyder’s pending motion to set aside the indictment of lack of jurisdiction and dismiss the case on grounds of inadmissible jurisdiction is not granted, we will file discovery and evidence hearings to investigate these material concerns.

Brian Lennon, Snyder’s attorney

We have asked the Michigan Attorney General for comment on this development. They say Attorney General Dana Nessel is not involved in the criminal investigation into the Flint Water Crisis. They also post the following statement on behalf of the Attorney General and Law Enforcement Team.

The court is the appropriate forum to bring this case to bear, and this includes any necessary response to the defense attorney’s continued unfounded attacks.

Courtney Covington Watkins

You can read the full application below:

Snyder Unopposed Motion from WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd