19 January 2010

Feds End Perdue Probe, Plan No Further Action

The Associated Press reports that (updated) "Planning no further action, federal prosecutors have ended a grand jury investigation that centered on Marshall University's handling of classwork and grades for a daughter of West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue."

"The controversy hinged on a decision by a Marshall dean to work with student Emily Perdue last summer, after she received incomplete grades from Professor Laura Wyant," AP reports. "Wyant testified before the grand jury in November after alleging that school administrators improperly gave the daughter special treatment. Wyant also alleged that both John Perdue and his wife made it clear while meeting with her on their daughter's behalf that they were state officials."

A lawyer for the treasurer called for apologies, the article said, while Perdue said his daughter's privacy had been "violated enough for a lifetime."

AP had reported earlier on the origins of the grading dispute, and on allegations from one of the daughter's professors at the state-run school.

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