Lou Anna Simon

Ex-MSU president’s criminal case can go to trial

Oct 28, 2019

The criminal case against former president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna Simon, can go forward to trial. A district court judge made the ruling Monday.

Simon is charged with two misdemeanors and two felonies because prosecutors say she lied to law enforcement during its investigation into MSU in the aftermath of Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former sports medicine doctor who pled guilty to sexually assaulting  his patients for decades. 

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The state Attorney General’s Office is trying to show that the former Michigan State University president lied to investigators to protect the university.

Lou Anna Simon was in court Monday for the second day of a hearing to determine whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.

Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon is scheduled to be in front of a judge Monday for an arraignment. Simon is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors for allegedly lying to law enforcement.

Law enforcement officials say Simon falsely said she didn’t know certain details about an investigation into Larry Nassar in 2014. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

Lee Silver is Simon’s attorney. He says his client is innocent.

It is the most challenging time in the history of Michigan State University.

As MSU becomes the focus of a cascade of allegations regarding sexual abuse on campus, including accusations against members of the football and basketball teams, the school is also on a high-speed search for an interim president following the resignation of Lou Anna K. Simon.