The CM-Life asked for a statement from the university concerning the leak, and Tony Voisin, Director of Student Life, said, “It would be a problem for that person to be leaking information to the media.”
The CM-Life also talked to Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick who told the Life that the forensic results of some of the evidence have not yet been returned to him, saying, “I realize it is a source of frustration. It is for me, too.”
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submitted to CMU was denied because the investigation is still ongoing (and I will agree that they probably shouldn’t release anything in an ongoing investigation, although I haven’t found anything in Michigan law that indicates that a crime was committed).
To back up my previous statements that I don’t think that a crime was committed, a comment was left linking to a Connecticut Post article that discusses a law that is currently being proposed in Connecticut that would make hanging nooses a hate crime. Michigan has hate crime laws similar to Connecticut, which would imply that as of now, hanging nooses is not illegal (not that it’s right – I think it’s terrible, but it’s free speech as long as you aren’t threatening anybody specifically).
I’ll keep you updated as any information comes in, but right now it looks like we’re just waiting for Larry Burdick to reach his decision on whether or not to prosecute.
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