Nassar in the news: Plaintiffs add allegations, state lawmakers' hands tied
A look ahead at upcoming important June dates for MSU | The State News | June 13, 2017
June 23 will be the final day of Nassar's preliminary examination hearing in the 55th District Court. It will conclude with a testimony from the final alleged victim in this case. After the hearing concludes, it will be determined whether or not Nassar will stand trial on criminal sexual assault charges in Ingham County.
Nassar's case in Eaton County will be held at the 56A District Court in Charlotte, Michigan on June 30. Nassar previously pleaded not guilty to 13 sexual misconduct charges in this case. There are three alleged victims in this case, one of which testified May 26 in Ingham County.
USA Gymnastic sexual abuse lawsuit turns contentious as attorneys spar over jurisdiction for case | The Orange County Register | June 13, 2017
Jurisdiction for a Nassar-related lawsuit has "turned nasty," according to documents obtained by the Orange County Register. There is debate over where the case should be tried; the plaintiffs filed in California, but USA Gymnastics argue this is improper because the organization's headquarters are in Indianapolis.
The lawsuit is from a former U.S. national team member against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, two former USAG presidents, former U.S. national team coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi and the Los Angeles area All Olympia Gymnastics Center and two of its coaches.
PR expert: MSU needs a concrete action plan to address sexual assault scandals, improve image | Michigan Radio | June 12, 2017
Jeff Caponigro from Caponigro Public Relations explained how MSU has dealt with and should deal with media attention surrounding high-profile cases, including cases concerning Nassar.
Caponigro mentioned it could be a problem that these incidents are coming to light all at once as opposed to surfacing as isolated incidents.
In the audio interview, part of the discussion included how current crises compare to ones at Penn State and Baylor University.
Michigan lawmakers watching Nassar case, but their hands may be tied | Lansing State Journal | June 12, 2017
Constitutional separations of power could prevent lawmakers from forcing reforms concerning how MSU handled allegations against Nassar. The Michigan Constitution gives only the public-elected MSU Board of Trustees the power to make reforms.
Lawmakers have concerns with how MSU has handled issues concerning Nassar, but are limited in the actions they can take.
"The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights can press the university to make reforms, but that office currently has no open investigation of MSU," according to the article.
Four Nassar plaintiffs plan to add allegations against MSU | The State News | Updated June 12, 2017
Four plaintiffs in a lawsuit related to Nassar filed an amended complaint to add allegations against MSU defendants.
The additional allegations relate to the MSU defendants' refusal to reopen a plaintiff's Title IX investigation and what they allege are additional fiduciary relationships and duties in regard to all defendants.
The lawsuit lists Nassar, MSU, the MSU Board of Trustees, USA Gymnastics and Twistars Gymnastics Club as defendants.