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Critics assail the nature of Michigan State University (MSU)’s engagement last year of prominent former prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, in connection with the misconduct of MSU’s former employee, serial gymnastics molester Larry Nassar. These detractors protest that Fitzgerald’s sole purpose is really to shield the university from liability rather than to conduct an independent investigation with a report detailing how this travesty could have happened and how MSU will protect its student-athletes going forward. But MSU is in the midst of a crisis of public confidence as well as defending itself in more than a hundred lawsuits commenced by many of Nassar’s victims. No doubt the institution decided, on advice of counsel, that a truly “independent” investigation was not the way to go when it hired Fitzgerald.

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