MI AG, lawyer discuss assault case against ex-student

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Central Michigan University student says he met with Attorney General Dana Nessel for the first time since she disclosed that a state prosecutor had an intimate relationship with a woman while handling her allegations of sexual assault.

Joe Barberi called it a good meeting Wednesday, although he says Nessel didn’t indicate whether she would seek dismissal of Ian Elliott’s no-contest plea. Elliott is serving a one-year prison sentence.

Barberi says he believes Nessel “wants to do the right thing.”

Barberi wants Elliott’s conviction thrown out and a pledge that the case won’t be refiled. Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej resigned on Sept. 6 after acknowledging a relationship with Elliott’s accuser while the case was pending. Nessel called it “incredibly disturbing.”

Kolodziej hasn’t commented.

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