UPDATE: Closing statements are now underway in the preliminary examination of former MSU President Lou Anna Simon. Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter argued that Simon was aware MSU had legal exposure due to Larry Nassar as early as 2014.
Simon’s attorney Lee Silver argued that the prosecution has no evidence to support the claim that Simon was aware of Larry Nassar.
Closing statements are expected to conclude today with the judge to decide if a criminal trial should be held. That decision is not expected today.
UPDATE (11:10 a.m.) – The preliminary exam of former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon has recessed for fifteen minutes.
ORIGINAL STORY: Former MSU President, Lou Anna K. Simon, will be back in an Eaton County court again for day 7 of her preliminary hearing.
She is charged with lying to police and faces up to 4 years if convicted.
This is the last day of testimony scheduled for the preliminary exam. The judge could decide if there’s enough evidence against Lou Anna K. Simon for her to face a criminal trial.
This case started back in February and has stretched into July.
The big takeaways so far:
Was Simon formally told she was being interviewed as part of a criminal investigation when she met with police last year? Police say yes, but Simon’s attorneys say no, citing the absence of that statement in recording and transcripts.
Another element, police say they’re certain during that interview Simon lied about how much she knew about Larry Nassar’s conduct.
Police say that hindered their investigation.
However, Simon’s attorneys argue detectives didn’t ask enough follow up questions.
According to Michigan Law, Simon’s charges require her to have been informed of an ongoing criminal investigation.
These are things the judge will look at before deciding if Simon’s case will go to trial.
6 News reporter Aaron Jordan will be inside the courtroom for the hearing. Follow him on Twitter @WLNSAaronJordan for live updates, and watch for his reports on air and online.