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Simon Back In Court For Second Day Of Critical Hearing

Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon was in court today and will return to continue the hearing today.  A judge is deciding whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.

The charges hinge on what Simon knew about a 2014 internal investigation into Larry Nassar – the former school sports doctor convicted of sexually assaulting his patients.  Simon told law enforcement she didn’t know specifics about Nassar or the investigation until 2016.

During the hearing, prosecutors tried to show that mistakes were made at MSU…giving Simon a motive to lie.

Kristine Moore worked in the Title IX office at MSU and opened the 2014 investigation.

“I did the best I could to follow process at the time and without the benefit of hindsight I think I did everything correctly at the time.”

Simon's attorneys deny the allegations.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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