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Another delay in Lou Anna K. Simon court case

Posted at 9:02 PM, Jan 09, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon appeared in court on Thursday.

She was in Eaton County Circuit Court on allegations that she lied to police during the Larry Nassar investigation.

She is charged with two felony and two misdemeanor counts of lying to police.

In November 2019, Simon's attorney said the charges "have no merit whatsoever" and on Thursday, her attorney, Lee Silver, asked to file a motion to quash.

A motion to quash is a request to a court to render a previous decision of that court or a lower judicial body null or invalid, according to Cornell Law.

In October, 2019, Judge Julie Reincke ordered Simon to stand trial, saying there is probable cause that she "concealed information with the intent to deceive."

That information was regarding whether or not the president of the university was aware that Nassar had been under investigation in 2014 when a med student, Amanda Thomashow, came forward about the abuse. Simon said she was aware that a sports medicine doctor was investigated, but not who or why.

"When asked if you were aware of any investigation involving Larry Nassar prior to 2016 you falsely or misleadingly said that 'I was aware that in 2014 there was a sports med doc who was subject to an investigation' when in fact you knew it was Larry Nassar who was the subject of 2014 title ix investigations," Reincke said in November.

However, documents from May, 2014, discovered by detectives showed Simon and an advisor discussed Nassar and the sexual assault investigation -- and yet, the doctor was cleared by the MSU's Internal Office that same year.

There are no future court dates set at this time.

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