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Court of Appeals upholds dismissal of charges against MSU ex-President

The state Court of Appeals is upholding a decision to dismiss charges against former Michigan State University President Lou-Anna K. Simon.

Simon faced charges for misleading police during an investigation into former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse.

Attorney John Manly represents Nassar’s survivors. He says the court’s decision will affect accountability for other leaders.

“The sum total of these opinions if they’re not appealed is school officials in instances of rape, sexual assault, shootings are essentially free to lie to the police about what they knew and when they knew it and that is frightening.”

Simon had told investigators she didn’t know about the complaints against Nassar prior to a newspaper article published in 2016.

The courts agreed there isn’t enough proof otherwise to charge her.

The state is considering an appeal.