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Nessel to give first public briefing on three major open cases

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

Attorney General Dana Nessel is scheduled to give her first public briefing on three major state cases this week. Nessel said she’ll be joined by Michigan State Police Colonel Joe Gasper and Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud.

These are all cases that Nessel inherited from former Attorney General Bill Schuette, and Nessel has been tight lipped about her plans for these cases.

One case involves Michigan State University. A year ago, more than 100 women came forward in court and said former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted them. Many blamed MSU for not protecting them. Around the same time, then Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that he had appointed a special prosecutor to look into the school’s handling of the Nassar case.

Three people have been charged, including Nassar’s former boss, William Strampel, and then university president Lou Anna Simon.

Another case Nessel will give an update on is the Flint water crisis. Multiple people have been charged as a result of the water crisis – including the former state health department director, Nick Lyon.

The final case is an investigation into potential sexual abuse by clergy within the Catholic Church.

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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