Attorney General opposes Larry Nassar’s latest bid for resentencing

The disgraced gymnastics doctor is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to throw out an Ingham County judge’s sentence
Larry Nassar hears his sentence for sexually assaulting gymnasts.
Larry Nassar hears his sentence for sexually assaulting gymnasts.(WILX)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 1:44 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Larry Nassar is taking his request for a new sentence on dozens of sexual assault charges to Michigan’s top court after being denied twice.

The disgraced gymnastics doctor from Lansing is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to hear arguments about his sentence of up to 175 years in prison imposed by Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. He claims she was unfairly biased against him when she imposed the maximum sentence possible.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed court documents Tuesday opposing Nassar’s request to the Michigan Supreme Court. She said Nassar’s claims are baseless and the Supreme Court is not to correct place to discuss the sentence.

Nessel pointed out any relief the Michigan Supreme Court could provide with the Ingham County sentence likely would be moot anyway. He currently is serving a 60-year federal prison sentence of possession of child pornography, after which he will begin serving a 40-year state prison sentence for sexually assaulting gymnasts in Eaton County.

The Michigan Supreme Court already denied an appeal of the Eaton County sentence, so Nassar faces up to 100 years in prison regardless of the sentence he received in Ingham County.

Aquilina allowed more than 150 victims of Nassar’s assault to read impact statements before handing down her sentence in Ingham County Circuit Court. She made controversial statements during the hearing, such as a comment about signing Nassar’s death warrant.

“While Judge Aquilina may have responded at times to the emotional victim impact statements with inappropriate language, she ultimately sentenced Nassar within the range to which he had previously agreed,” Nessel said. “The last thing the victims should have to endure is prolonging the closure they so desperately need.”

The chief Ingham County Circuit Court judge and the Michigan Court of Appeals both ruled against Nassar’s attempt for a new sentence before he filed his request with the Michigan Supreme Court.

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