A federal appeals panel denied former Gov. Rick Snyder's request to avoid giving a deposition in the Flint water crisis civil suits.
Snyder and former state treasurer Any Dillon claim they can't be deposed until they exhaust their appeal of the lower court's denial of their request to dismiss the case based on qualified immunity.
However, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today denied their request.
Plaintiffs' lead co-counsel, Theodore Leopold, of the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, said he expects Snyder and Dillon to "do everything possible to try to prevent the depositions from going forward," but the courts have spoken.
If Snyder and Dillon fail to show for the depositions, scheduled for June 25 and July 7, respectively, they could face contempt of court charges.
Leopold said they hope Snyder will give "the whole truth" as thus far, the thousands of documents and dozens of depositions taken to date has "opened everybody's eyes to actually what happened."
"It's a lot more than what Gov. Snyder has ever stated, either to Congress or anywhere else," said Leopold, declining to disclose details of the testimony given so far except to confirm his questions will center around Snyder's knowledge and role, if any, in the city's switch in the water source to the Flint River.
"We have a lot of questions to ask him about his earlier comments and statements and conversations he's had," the attorney added. "Suffice it to say that what happened to the Flint community never should have happened, was preventable and terribly, terribly sad."
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