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Former MSU president Lou Anna Simon returns to court for preliminary hearing

Jun 12, 2019

Former Michigan State Universtiy president Lou Anna Simon was back in district court Tuesday for the fifth day of testimony in a preliminary hearing to decide whether she should stand trial.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office says Simon lied to police about what she knew and when about a 2014 complaint against Larry Nassar, who worked for the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually abused hundreds of his patients and is now in prison.

Simon faces two felonies and two misdemeanors. If convicted, she could serve up to four years in prison on the felony counts.

Judge Julie Reincke heard testimony from a Michigan State Police detective who said Simon lied during a 2018 investigation.

Simon’s attorney, Lee Silver, spent much of the day cross-examining the detective who interviewed Simon in May 2018 about what she knew in 2014. Silver says he’s satisfied with the outcome.

“My goal today was to establish that there’s no evidence – not a shred of evidence that anybody mentioned Larry Nassar to Lou Anna Simon in 2014, and I think that goal was accomplished,” he says.

Judge Reincke suggested the former Michigan State University president could have to stand trial, but a final decision won't come until at least next month.

The hearing resumes July 12.