UPDATE: Witness says she does not recall telling Simon about Nassar


UPDATE (5:13 p.m.): Granberry Russell, a key witness in the prosecution’s case, says she does not recall telling former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon about the allegations against Larry Nassar during a meeting in May 2014.

Granberry Russell told Judge Julie Reincke while it’s possible it was mentioned, she could not recall for sure if the matter was brought up.

Reporter Aaron Jordan will have a live report coming up at 6 p.m., and will post a full recap on wlns.com.

UPDATE (1:55 p.m.): Court is now back in session from a lunch break. Prior to the recess, Granberry Russell was testifying about the steps she took following her being notified of the allegations against Nassar.

Granberry Russell has repeatedly said she does not recall the phone call, but read an email from her to Simon, which said “We have an incident involving a sports medicine doctor.” The email was dated May 16, 2014.

UPDATE (11:43 a.m.): Questioning has now moved to the Larry Nassar complaint from 2014. Join our live stream or follow @WLNSAaronJordan on Twitter for live updates.

UPDATE (11:11 a.m.): Attorneys for Simon objected to questions regarding the university’s Title IX policy adopted in 2011, including how employees were trained. Lee Silver, one of the three attorneys representing Simon, argued that it was not relevant. However, Judge Julie Reincke overruled him, and allowed Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter to proceed.

Granberry Russell has been on the stand for more than two hours as of this writing. All of the questions have been asked by Teter.

UPDATE (10:11 a.m.): Prosecutors are still questioning Granberry Russell. Questioning has primarily focused on her responsibilities, the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter from the U.S. Department of Education, which spoke on how universities should handle sexual assault and harassment complaints and how that letter, as well as a Civil Rights Department complaint from that year, shaped MSU’s Title IX policy.

UPDATE (9:02 a.m.): Former MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon’s preliminary exam is back in session. Paulette Granberry Russell has retaken the stand.

Original Story:

Testimony is expected to resume Tuesday morning in former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon’s preliminary exam.

Simon is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors, accused of lying to police during the course of the Larry Nassar investigation.

During Monday’s proceedings, testimony was heard from former MSU Title IX investigator Kristine Moore, who investigated Amanda Thomashow’s 2014 complaint against Nassar. Moore, who now works in the Office of the General Counsel, provided a timeline into the investigation. Under cross examination, she also said she never spoke to Simon about the investigation, or mentioned Nassar’s name to Simon, prior to 2016.

>>>Recap of Day 1 of Simon’s preliminary exam, including case background

Testimony from Simon’s former Senior Advisor, Paulette Granberry Russell, is expected to resume Tuesday morning. Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Bill Arndt is also expected to testify at some point in the proceedings.

Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter told 6 News he anticipates he’ll call seven to eight more witneses total.

6 News has a crew inside the courtroom. Follow @WLNSAaronJordan on Twitter for live updates.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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