Attorney for Flint kids vows to ‘keep trying until I die’ in water crisis case

FLINT, MI — A mistrial apparently won’t be the end of a civil lawsuit filed by four children against two engineering companies that worked for the city of Flint during its water crisis.

Corey Stern, an attorney for the children, said the trial that ended with a hung jury on Thursday, Aug. 11, was deadlocked because a single juror would not find against Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam and said he’s committed to trying the case again in front of a new jury.

“We learned a ton (and) the jury was with us,” Stern said after the mistrial was declared by US Magistrate Judge David Grand and after interviewing members of the jury on Thursday. “If I (were the companies), I’d be scared to death. I’ll keep trying until I die.”

Stern’s comments came nearly six months after jury selection in the first trial began.

In the months that followed, two jurors were excused from the marathon trial, dozens of witnesses and experts offered often conflicting testimony, and US District Court Judge Judith E. Levy stepped away from the case because of a personal medical issue.

In a message to Grand on Thursday, the remaining eight members of the jury declared they had reached a stalemate that could not be broken after having been sent back to deliberate further on two prior occasions.

“For the physical and emotional health of the jurors, we don’t believe we can continue with further deliberations,” the jury’s note to Grand said. “Further deliberations will only result in stress and anxiety with no unanimous decision without someone having to surrender their honest convictions, solely for the purpose of returning a verdict.”

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