Four judges appointed by President Donald Trump to the Sixth Circuit Court sought to overturn a ruling that allowed a Flint, Michigan resident to move forward with her lawsuit against city officials for their roles in Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis.
According to People for the American Way, Judges Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen, John Nalbandian, and Eric Murphy joined a dissent by Judge Raymond Kethledge in Guertin v. Michigan last month “that would have reversed a three-judge panel decision that allowed Shari Guertin to go forward with her claims against Flint officials.”
Guertin initially sued both state and city officials on behalf of herself and her daughter over the poisoning of their drinking water, but the district judge dismissed her claims against the state officials.
However, the judge “allowed Guertin to proceed to uncover more facts with respect to her claims against Flint officials, determining that their actions appeared ‘so egregious as to shock the conscience.’”
Despite a three-judge panel granting her case the go-ahead, Flint officials attempted to have the Sixth Circuit Court rehear the case — and all four Trump-appointed judges were eager to do just that.
Judge Kethledge’s “dissent claimed that the Flint officials were entitled to immunity from Ms. Guertin’s complaint regardless of the facts.”