KNOXVILLE (AP) - A decision on whether to bring charges against former University of Tennessee President John Shumaker could take months, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
"It will be two, three or four months," said John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols. "We want to make sure everything is done as thoroughly as possible."
Gill, a former U.S. attorney for East Tennessee, noted that federal prosecutors often take two or three years preparing a white collar case.
"We will move a lot faster than that, because it is a priority," Gill said.
Afterward, the governor said that while prosecutors had to do their job, he hoped to put the matter in the past as soon as possible for the good of the state and the university.