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AG Nessel Issues Statement After MSC Denies Application in Klages Case

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement after the Michigan Supreme Court denied her application to review the Court of Appeals overturning the convictions and sentence of Kathie Klages for lying to authorities investigating the sexual assaults committed by Larry Nassar on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU):

“The Court’s decision leaves in place dangerous precedent for prosecutions.  In my view, the jury rightly convicted Klages of making false statements that were material to the investigation conducted by my department’s special agents.  Absent review by the Michigan Supreme Court, the damaging ruling from the Court of Appeals has the potential to affect all future police investigations.”   

In February, Nessel filed an application for leave to appeal in the Michigan Supreme Court in response to a Court of Appeals (COA) opinion in which the application argued that the Court of Appeals erred in reversing the conviction of former Michigan State University Coach Kathie Klages. 

On Dec. 21, the Michigan COA reversed the Klages conviction, ruling that there was insufficient evidence that she made a false or misleading statement to the police that was material to its investigation into convicted predator Larry Nassar and Michigan State University’s handling of abuse allegations. She was sentenced in Aug. 2020 after a jury found her guilty of lying about when she first learned of the abuse.

A copy of the denial from MSC can be found here.


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