Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Michigan AG Vows to Find out Who Knew What at Michigan State

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Michigan AG Vows to Find out Who Knew What at Michigan State

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Byline: Larry Lage Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. | Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette lashed out at Michigan State University for allowing Larry Nassar to sexually abuse girls and women for years, and he took a shot at the school's governing body.

"I don't need advice from the board of trustees," the aspiring governor said at a packed news conference Saturday about his investigation into the school's handling of sexual assault claims against the disgraced doctor. "Frankly, they should be the last ones providing advice because of their conduct."

Schuette said retired prosecutor William Forsyth, who has 40plus years of experience, will work full time on the independent probe. Forsyth will lead a team that includes top investigators from the state attorney general's office and the State Police.

"What's got Michigan State in some trouble here is the sense that they withheld certain information," Forsyth said. "Maybe because it was going to put them in a better light, but you simply can't do that."

Michigan State should establish a compensation fund that "will likely need hundreds of millions of dollars" for victims of Nassar's abuse, Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said Saturday. He also said university lawyers should be given instructions to drop attempts to fight lawsuits by the victims and instead move the lawsuits toward settlement.

"I strongly encourage swift action [by MSU] that demonstrates a clear commitment to a dramatic shift in policies," Calley said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. Calley is Schuette's main rival for the Republican nomination for governor and is a close ally of current governor Rick Snyder.

The board last month authorized the creation of a $10 million fund to offer victims counseling and mental health services.

The comments from two top Michigan officials came days after Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young female athletes and amid growing public pressure to know what school officials knew and how they acted on abuse claims. …

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