Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team
doctor imprisoned for serial child sexual abuse, has been denied his
motion to appeal his sentence.
Theres nothing Ive done that prejudices me on this case, Judge Rosemarie
Aquilina told Nassars attorneys in court Friday morning. Your motion is
Nassar and his attorneys filed a motion to appeal his sentence last week,
claiming that Aquilina, who presided over Nassars first, widely covered
sentence hearing in January, was biased against him. Also, he blamed
Aquilina for a recent assault he said he endured at the hands of other
inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona, where he is
serving part of his sentence.
Aquilina sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison on seven counts of
child sexual abuse after a weeklong sentencing hearing during which 169 of
his victims and victims and family members read powerful impact
At this point, justice cannot be served in terms of the appearance of
impropriety, Nassars attorney Malaika Ramsey-Heath said. Dr. Nassar has
the right to continue this process. This case is not over. It did not end
upon conviction. The appellate process must be allowed to take place.
Ramsey-Heath pointed to Aquilinas recent appearance at the ESPY Awards,
her public support for sexual abuse survivors on her social media accounts
and media interviews before the appeal process took place as evidence of
her bias against Nassar.
Michigans chief deputy attorney general, Laura Moody, argued that Aquilina
used strong but appropriate language throughout the January sentence
hearing. She added that if Nassar was attacked in prison, its because hes
a convicted child molester, not because of anything Aquilina said during
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