LANSING, Mich., March 25, 2021 — A bipartisan and bicameral group of legislators led by State Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township) and State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) sent a letter to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees calling on them to release nearly 6,000 documents related to the Larry Nassar investigation to the Attorney General’s office.
“Full transparency is essential to this investigation, and an impartial investigation is essential to restoring public trust,” said Brixie. “We owe it to the survivors, families, students, faculty, employees and the entire MSU community to have a full, transparent and impartial investigation completed. The MSU Board members have the opportunity to ensure this happens.”
Forty-seven House and Senate members signed on to the letter calling for the Board to quickly release the documents to the Attorney General’s office and take this next step toward restoring trust with the public.
“It is long past time for MSU to step up and do the right thing,” said Hertel. “Continuing to block the release of documents only stands in the way of MSU restoring public trust and the rights and healing of survivors.”
In the letter, the lawmakers note that when the Attorney General’s Office began this investigation over three years ago, the Board of Trustees stated, “only a review by your Office (the Attorney General’s Office) can resolve the questions in a way that the victims, their families, and the public will deem satisfactory and that will help all those affected by Nassar’s horrible crimes to heal.”
“It’s time to resolve these questions in a way that restores trust with the survivors, their families, and the public, so those affected by Nassar’s horrible crimes can begin to heal,” said Brixie.
The letter sent to the MSU Board of Trustees is attached to this release.