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MSU now calls for a more public reckoning over its handling of Nassar

Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick
Michigan Radio
Larry Nassar

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees and President Lou Anna Simon have asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to open an independent review of how MSU handled complaints against disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

"Although we have confidence in the integrity of the various reviews already conducted by law enforcement, subject matter experts, and outside counsel to the university," a letter from the trustees said, "we are making this request because we believe your review may be needed to answer the public's questions concerning MSU's handling of the Nassar situation." 

You can read the full letter here.

The announcement comes almost a year after the school opened its own internal review over what happened.

More from Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells:

MSU has also hired a team of lawyers, including former U.S. Attorney and former White House special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, to pore over Nassar’s work at MSU ... Fitzgerald’s team is doing "hundreds of interviews, within the college, within the administration, within athletics," Cody says. "[They are] reviewing documents, emails, and they are reporting those findings directly to the Board."

But MSU would not release the findings of that investigation.

After nearly a week of victim impact statements from more than 80 women in the sentencing of former MSU gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, MSU is now calling for a more public investigation.

Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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