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Lawyer for Gophers’ Reggie Lynch plans Thursday news conference

Lawyer for Gophers' Reggie Lynch plans Thursday news conference

The lawyer for former University of Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch has summoned reporters to his office for a news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday, shortly before they’re expected across town for a sexual misconduct appeal hearing.

For weeks, attorney Ryan Pacyga has repeatedly delayed the hearing dates for his client’s appeal. They hope to overturn a university investigator’s findings that Lynch was “responsible” for sexual misconduct involving two women in April 2016. The investigator has said Lynch should be suspended for one incident until August 2020 and expelled for the other.

Lynch could have accepted that decision or appealed. He appealed, requesting a hearing on each case before a three-person panel of the Student Sexual Misconduct Committee (SSMS).

The hearings could have occurred a month ago, but Pacyga repeatedly pushed back the dates, saying he needed time to adequately prepare. At a news conference in January, he lashed out, saying that his client’s due process rights were being violated and comparing his situation to that of people confined to Japanese internment camps.

On Wednesday, Pacyga declined to discuss the nature of Thursday’s scheduled news conference. However, bringing reporters and TV cameras to his downtown office two hours before he’s expected across town […]

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