Transcript for Former Michigan State University president back in court
I'm Ross Jones outside the Eaton county courthouse two when a Simon was once known for being Michigan State's first female president. But if prosecutors get their way. Should be their first prison in convicted of a felony Simon is facing criminal charges accused of lying to police about what she knew over the lyric Nasser sex abuse scandal. Today was opening arguments prosecution said very clearly they have evidence that Simon knew was far back as 2014. That Leary Nasser was specifically under investigation. For abusing an athlete. And they said they have not just documentary evidence but there we witness testimony. When was the defense's turn they said just the opposite was true. But this was all a politically based prosecution. And that anyone who says Simon heard about masters alleged abuses before 2016. This line. There's going to be a pause on the hearing until people will be back then to continue her preliminary examination. We're in Charlotte Michigan I'm Ross Jones you're watching ABC news lives.
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