Judge says Schuette can’t file his own brief in Flint water case

flintA federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis.

The judge said Schuette crossed an ethical boundary when he asked to file a brief supporting a group of Flint pastors who are suing the state over the city’s drinking water crisis. That’s because his office is already representing the state and Governor Rick Snyder’s administration. Judge David Lawson says Schuette can’t have it both ways – his job is to represent Snyder and the state and he’s not allowed to undermine the state’s position with a separate filing. He says it is possible to represent conflicting interests in a case, but Schuette did not follow those rules.

Schuette’s spokesperson says he “respectfully disagrees” with the decision.