Mea Gulpa - Flint Official Dodges Jail Time, Only Has to Write Apology Letter

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Authored by Nikhil Swaminathan via Grist.com,

This former official dodged jail time in the Flint water crisis, just has to write an apology letter.

A Michigan district court judge ordered that Corinne Miller, the former director of epidemiology at the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, publicly apologize to the residents of Flint for withholding information about the presence of the Legionella bacteria, the microbe that causes Legionnaires’ disease, in the city’s drinking water.

After pleading no contest to a charge of neglect, Miller also got a year’s probation and 300 hours of community service — essentially a slap on the wrist. She is cooperating with special prosecutors pursuing cases against several former employees of the health department and the state’s Department of Environmental Quality for their role in Flint’s water crisis.

 

 

Twelve Flint residents were confirmed to have died in 2014 and 2015 from Legionnaires’ disease, an extreme type of pneumonia. But in January, statistics released by Genesee County, where Flint is located, appeared to confirm public health experts’ suspicions that the city’s water in fact caused additional pneumonia deaths.

Miller’s attorney argued against her having to make a public mea culpa, but Judge Jennifer J. Manley said the demand was “perfectly appropriate in this case.” Considering that even more people were sickened than previously believed, it’s the least she could do.

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froze25's picture

There is always Street Justice. She can be sued personally for what she has done in her official capacity.

orangegeek's picture

yes there is - one day, while out walking, *BANG* and it's all over

nope-1004's picture

Water is so bad in Flint someone should pour some on her, light a match, and watch her go poof.

Ghost of Porky's picture

"Sorry for retarding your kid's brain."

Love, Corrine  :)

 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

We need a Flint super hero, something of the likes of Swamp Thing.

NoDebt's picture

NEVER apologize.  You merely state that you "regret your actions".  Have we still not, at this late date, learned how this game works??

 

MsCreant's picture

Or the bacteria would do...

Me-a-gulpa...

Mr. Universe's picture

Where is the Toxic Avenger when we really need him?

GadExp's picture

 

 

 

I heard that some of the residents saved tanks full of the bad water.  

 

Lock her in a basement and let her out once she has drunk every bit that she caused others to drink.

chumbawamba's picture

That's fine, she's now admitted culpability. This is admissable evidence in a civil case that she violated the faith of her oath to the Constitution of Michigan and therefore acted outside her official duties and, stripped of any official immunity, is personally liable for her actions.

Sue her into the worthlessness that she is.

I am Chumbawamba.

chumbawamba's picture

That's fine, she's now admitted culpability. This is admissable evidence in a civil case that she violated the faith of her oath to the Constitution of Michigan and therefore acted outside her official duties and, stripped of any official immunity, is personally liable for her actions.

Sue her into the worthlessness that she is.

I am Chumbawamba.

chumbawamba's picture

That's fine, she's now admitted culpability. This is admissable evidence in a civil case that she violated the faith of her oath to the Constitution of Michigan and therefore acted outside her official duties and, stripped of any official immunity, is personally liable for her actions.

Sue her into the worthlessness that she is.

I am Chumbawamba.

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JRobby's picture

Drink it actually?

Some Flint crazy with brain polluted by lead poisoning might cave her skull in with a mallot.

trulz4lulz's picture

Lots of unmarked graves in those parts. 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

"We regretfully Collateral Damaged some folks."

Spungo's picture

"I'm sorry that you believe I've done something wrong"

:D

Implied Violins's picture

I can already see the letter she is going to write...no, make that two letters:

F U

Bitch needs to reap some karma.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

I don't understand this story. I stain lung slides for legionella every day. We can NEVER use tap water to rinse our slides because they will be false positives. We have special filtered sterilized water for use for testing.

Legionella pneumophila LIVES in a water environment. It loves plumbing and water fixtures. Most cases I diagnose are from people using swamp coolers or old plumbing fixtures. They are usually elderly with lung problems or immunocompromised in some way. I have never diagnosed a case in an immunocompetant individual.

If a public health water supply was required to provide 100% free legionella water to all, I'd be curious how they would accomplish that feat. I would consider that near to impossible. This is a strange story and now people are afraid of a water bug in their tap. Lead is by far the greater issue.

Miffed

Spungo's picture

I didn't even read the story. I thought this was about the lead contamination. 

I'm guessing they would need to tell you if the bacteria is above a certain level. You inhale mold spores all the time, but you probably wouldn't eat an orange that is green with mold. Quantity matters.

mkkby's picture

America's greatest unspoken problem is science illiteracy.  This woman deserves a medal for keeping an obvious fact from her imbecile customers.  They'd probably riot and have massive strokes if they found out their water isn't pure beyond any reasonable cost.

There is no such thing as sterile in the real world.  Just look at all the hospital infections.

 

trulz4lulz's picture

I think this has more to do with it being waaaaaaaay over what is considered normal, and her then hiding the data, since that was literally her job. To test the water.. The lead didnt help.

Angelo Misterioso's picture

Chris is know to puff a little himself so he's walking the talk....

RafterManFMJ's picture

We need a Flint super hero, something of the likes of Swamp Thing.

No, we need The Toxic Avenger.

CheapBastard's picture

Exactly...never apologoze...it's so old-fashioned.

Look at Obama, Bush, Rumsfield, Hillary for example---cold blooded murder of hundreds of thousands of people, esp women children etc...Not one tiny apology from any of them....ever.

Learn from Lois Lerner...or Lowrenta.....take the 5th.....or Holder and simply not show up.

Simply claim, "it was a misunderstanding" ... "I waz only following orders"..... I rely on info from others.....

And that you'll settle just so society can move on to more constructive things ... like bashing trump for everything.

Mr. Universe's picture

I have to admit I was puzzled at first when they changed Flint's name to Tromaville.

SoDamnMad's picture

No, learn from the master, Madeleine Albright, who got the Medal of Freedom from the President.

"Was 500,000 dead Iraqi children worth it? Yes, I think it was."

crazzziecanuck's picture

Well, the lead issue was another matter.  Her case is another serious matter.

For her, it will be difficult for her to travel now and moving forward she has to check "the box".  The one that says "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"

But she's white, so she has that advantage going for her.

My question is she responsible or is she just the scapegoat for someone higher up?

InjectTheVenom's picture

two words :

STREET. JUSTICE.

SoDamnMad's picture

Do you mean bang and a little flag comes out like the rapper videoed of the Trump-like clown being shot OR bang and a hollow point makes her head explode with brain and blood all down the side of her car?  Please be explicit next time.  

(perhaps we can exchange load data on your preferred caliber) 

NidStyles's picture

I am more than positive she will be looking over her shoulder for the rest of her life. No one in Flint will forget who she is.

Croesus's picture

@ Nid:

And you feel that violence isn't the answer...

Government is full of people who would sell you up the river for 30 pieces of silver, and "justice" obviously isn't working in this case...

Doubleguns's picture

You mean Just Us as in the elites? 

CheapBastard's picture

Violence is not the answer; it's a solution!

RafterManFMJ's picture

Street Justice. She can be sued...

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

froze25's picture

Just trying to provide another Avenue for people to get justice that won't possibly land them behind bars.

Bigly's picture

Street justice = lawsuits! ;)

JuliaS's picture

If you know how the legal system works, you'll know that there's no such thing as an "apology letter". It's a term used by prosecutors when referring to a written and signed crime confession extracted from the suspect.

What the article implies is that a person who has admitted in writing to committing a crime is getting off the hook. We're not talking Hillary type denial of any wrongdoing. No! We're talking blatant admission of guilt, in writing and with virtually no consequence.

Umh's picture

Police trick people into writing apology letters that are then used in court against them.

JuliaS's picture

That is what I'm saying. In legal terms there is no "apology" in an apology letter. It's a written confession. It is never used to lighten the verdict - only to convict and sentence.

Troy Ounce's picture

 

Must be the daughter of Glenn.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Her maiden name is Goldmansachs

grunk's picture

I thought it was Corzine until I saw she actually had to apologize.

Bam_Man's picture

Will she still get her state pension and free health care for life?

crazzziecanuck's picture

She will likely still qualify, but the more important question is whether or not it will still be around when she's old enough to collect it?

My guess is that it won't.  The Baby Boomers will have bleed it completely by then.

spicedune's picture

The only difference between you and I is that I read www.inflation.co

InjectTheVenom's picture

actually it's "between you and me"