Michigan AG: Michigan State University refuses to release Nassar documents, investigation forced to close
The Michigan attorney general said Michigan State University’s refusal to disclose thousands of documents related to the Larry Nassar investigation has forced her office to close its investigation. Attorney General Dana Nessel has led the three-year investigation into the university and its role in Nassar’s crimes -- but in February of this year, Nessel said the investigation was going nowhere. The University’s refusal to voluntarily provide them closes the last door available to finish our investigation,” reads the statement from Nessel. AdAccording to Nessel, the investigation is inconclusive due to the 6,000 documents that have not been released to investigators by the MSU Board of Trustees, citing attorney-client privilege. The attorney general’s office has no legal options available to it that would allow for review of the material without the MSU Board of Trustee’s consent.
Read back: Larry Nassar sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young gymnasts
LANSING, Mich. – Former sports physician Larry Nassar was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young athletes. An emotional Nassar addressed the court before his sentencing. AdIn November, Nassar pleaded pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young athletes including some girls under the age of 13. Nassar gets 60 years in prison for child pornographyMeanwhile, investigators found more than 37,000 images of child porn on Nassar's electronic devices. The prosecutor concluded in findings to the university that "Nassar fooled everyone around him -- patients, friends, colleagues and fellow doctors at MSU."
Court: Larry Nassar won’t be resentenced despite judge’s remarks
DETROIT – The Michigan judge who sentenced sports doctor Larry Nassar to 40 years in prison made “wholly inappropriate” remarks about him, but they weren't enough to violate his rights and upset the punishment for sexual assault, the state appeals court said Tuesday. In a 2-1 decision, the court noted that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina still stuck to the sentencing agreement made by prosecutors and Nassar's attorneys. Judge Douglas Shapiro disagreed with the majority and said Nassar deserved to return to court in front of a different judge. Despite Aquilina's “inflammatory hyperbole,” the court noted that Nassar pleaded guilty and agreed to a minimum sentence ranging from 25 years to 40 years. Nassar could ask the Michigan Supreme Court to look at the sentencing.
Whitmer Appoints Ethics Expert To MSU Board During Nassar Fallout
Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday named an ethics expert to Michigan State Universitys governing board, filling a vacancy left by a trustee who resigned over the boards decision to drop a promised independent review of Larry Nassars sexual assaults. Whitmer, a Michigan State alumna, said it was important to add someone who is seeped in ethics to the eight-member board as it continues to confront the Nassar scandal. Someone who has an understanding of and expertise in ethics is one way of giving people confidence in the leadership of the university, Whitmer, a Democrat, told The Associated Press. Asked if she had confidence in the board of trustees, Whitmer said: There have been a lot of missteps, and thats putting it lightly. That followed 10 years at Michigan State, where she got tenure at the College of Law.detroit.cbslocal.com
Local 4 News at 11 -- Aug. 19, 2019
DETROIT - Here's what you missed on Local 4 News at 11:Deadly maulingPolice said a 9-year-old girl was mauled to death by three dogs on the city's west side. MSU misconduct advisersStanley has appointed one of the key figures in building the case against Nassar, Detective Lt. Andrea Munford, with the MSU Police Department as a special adviser. He has also appointed as a special adviser Dr. Rebecca Campbell, with the psychology department, who chairs the relationship violence sexual misconduct expert advisory group at the university. Mark WahlburgA Metro Detroit boy with a love of transformers got some special gifts -- a visit by actor Mark Wahlberg. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
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DETROIT - Here's what is coming up on Local 4 News at 5:Nassar agreementThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had been investigating MSU for years. Suspicious deathNew information into a suspicious death investigation that shocked residents in Dearborn. Drug trafficking houseA local father is behind bars after running a drug trafficking operation out of his home. Gun threatNew information about threats of mass shootings that shut down a major concernt at Freedom Hill last night. EpsteinThe death of Jeffrey Epstein will not stop the sex trafficking investigation that surrounded him.
Michigan State agrees to protect patients in deal with feds
The announcement about steps the university is taking to resolve the federal civil-rights probe came less than a week after Nassar's former supervisor at Michigan State, ex-College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel, was sentenced to up to a year in jail for crimes including neglecting a duty to enforce protocols on Nassar after a female patient complained about sexual contact in 2014. Nassar was fired in 2016 after a former gymnast filed a criminal complaint saying he had sexually assaulted her with his hands while treating her for back pain years earlier.chicagotribune.com