Mich. AG closes Larry Nassar inquiry after MSU refuses to release documents related to case
UPDATED 10:00 AM PT – Saturday, March 27, 2021
The Michigan attorney general closed an inquiry into disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar after Michigan State University refused to turn over thousands of documents.
Reports on Friday detailed the AG’s announcement, as the office used “every legal mechanism available” to secure around 6,000 documents from the school.
.@MIAttyGen @dananessel issued the following statement after Michigan State University declined her request that it waive privilege to the content of nearly 6,000 documents for the Department to review and complete its investigation: pic.twitter.com/NfU2Dr6Dz5
— Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (@MIAttyGen) March 26, 2021
MSU declined to provide the documents, citing attorney-client privilege.
The AG’s office was investigating how Nassar, who worked with the school as a doctor, was able to abuse more than 150 women, and how much the university was aware about.
“It’s my belief that all survivors of sex assault should have access to justice,” state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Mich.) said. “By withholding these 6,000 documents, MSU is not allowing everyone to have the justice that they deserve.”
The AG’s office also noted “incredible disappointment” that its work ended this way.
Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct back in 2017 and was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison.