Judge: MSU must release emails Strampel claims will aid his defense

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A former Michigan State University dean has been granted his request to have the school release emails he says will be a key to his defense.

William Strampel, who had been dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and was one of Larry Nassar bosses, claimed the two emails would help his defense case against two misdemanors.

He is accused of willful neglect of duty in relation to Larry Nassar’s sexual assaults.

Today Judge Joyce Draganchuk met with lawyers for Strampel and MSU in her chambers.

She reviewed the emails in question and ordered them released.

Strampel had claimed that the emails showed he was relying on the advice of MSU attorneys relating to the 2014 investigation of the Amanda Thomashow sexual assault and advice on what protocols would be put in place when Larry Nassar was allowed to see patients again.

Strampel also faces another misdemeanor charge of sexual assault and a felony count of misconduct in office.

If he is convicted of those charges he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

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