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AG to appeal dismissed charges against ex-MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon

July 20, 2020
<p>Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon before the seventh day of her preliminary examination on July 23, 2019, at the Eaton County Courthouse. </p>

Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon before the seventh day of her preliminary examination on July 23, 2019, at the Eaton County Courthouse.

Photo by Matt Zubik | The State News

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a claim to appeal the dismissal of charges against ex-MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, according to Courtney Covington, the attorney general office's press secretary.

After over a year of court entanglement, an Eaton County judge dismissed Simon's charges in May.

Judge John Maurer said Simon's charges were dismissed because there was not sufficient evidence to "give a reasonable person probable cause to believe that Dr. Simon knew during her 2018 interview that her purported knowledge in 2014 of Dr. Nassar's name and the ‘nature’ and ‘substance’ of the complaint against him."

Simon was met with with four charges related to the 2014 Title IX investigation into Amanda Thomashow’s Title IX complaint against ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar.

Her charges included a four year felony for two counts of lying to a peace officer in a violent crime investigation and two counts of lying to a peace officer in a four year or more crime investigation, a high-court misdemeanor with a maximum of two years. Each of the four charges carried a potential $5,000 fine for Simon.

Upon the dismissal, Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi said the attorney general planned to appeal Maurer’s decision in May.

Covington did not provide any additional information at the time of publication.

This is a developing story. Check back with The State News for updates.

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