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UPDATE: Testimony continues in Simon preliminary exam


UPDATE (2:35 p.m.): The judge ruled to allow the questioning, saying Morganroth’s opening statement opened the door to questions about Simon’s character.

Youatt testified that Simon was very engaged as a leader, and that she knew how each of her executives worked.

UPDATE (2:17 p.m.): Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter began questioning Youatt about Simon’s management style. Simon’s attorney, Mike Gutierrez, objected, saying testimony about Simon’s character was not admissible.

Teter countered by saying another one of Simon’s attorneys, Mayer Morganroth, opened the door when he said in his opening statement that Simon did not involve herself in Title IX investigations, as, if she did, “she wouldn’t have time for anything else.” Judge Julie Reincke is currently reviewing the transcripts of the opening statements before she rules on Gutierrez’s objection.

UPDATE (11:46 a.m.): Granberry Russell reiterated under cross examination that she did not recall telling Simon about Nassar in 2014. She also said she did not ask Simon to get involved in the investigation into Nassar. 

After spending several hours on the stand, Granberry Russell is through with questioning. Provost June Youatt has taken the stand

Testimony is resuming in the preliminary exam for former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. SImon.

Tuesday is day four of the hearing. Simon is accused of lying to police during their investigation into the school’s handling of the Larry Nassar case.

>>>Day three recap

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>>>Day one recap, including case background

Simon’s former Senior Advisor, Paulette Granberry Russell, is expected to retake the stand for cross-examination by Simon’s attorneys. Last week, Granberry Russell stated she did not recall several key details about the case, including if she told Simon any details about the Nassar case in 2014.

Here is Granberry Russell’s exact quote when asked by Judge Julie Reincke if it was possible she told Simon about Nassar:

“It’s possible, but again I cannot recall stating to President Simon the matter involving Larry Nassar at that meeting,” Granberry Russell testified. “I don’t have any notes that would cause me to trigger a memory of that.”

Granberry Russell’s testimony is key to the case, as prosecutors say it’s her notes written on a folder and agenda used in a May 2014 meeting with Simon that prove Simon knew about Nassar that year. Simon had told police she was not aware Nassar specifically was the subject of those allegations prior to 2016.

6 News Reporter Aaron Jordan will be in the courtroom for testimony. Check back for updates, and follow @WLNSAaronJordan on Twitter for live updates.

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