LANSING, Mich. (WLNS/WOOD) — The Michigan Court of Appeals says it will examine the case of Larry Nassar to see whether he’s entitled to have his sentence reviewed.
Nassar’s attorneys say the court will also consider whether Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was biased when she handed down his sentence, and whether she should have disqualified herself when hearing his petition for resentencing.
In January, Aquilina sentenced the former Michigan State University sports doctor to 40-175 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting women under the guise of medical treatment.
Before announcing Nassar’s punishment, Aquilina allowed anyone who said they’d been victimized by Nassar to address the court. More than 150 women and girls did so, including Olympic gymnasts he worked with as a trainer for USA Gymnastics. The number of accusers who have come forward since then has more than doubled.
“While no one should be above the law in our country, it is also important for us to remember that no one should be beneath the law either. It is in the most difficult cases that we must be especially vigilant to ensure that the rule of law prevails,” the Michigan’s State Appellate Defender Office stated in a Monday news release.
Aquilina rejected a request to review Nassar’s sentence in August.
Nassar is in a federal prison in Florida after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. He won’t start serving his Michigan sentence until he’s done with his 60-year federal sentence.
Federal records show Nassar’s earliest release date is 2069, when he would be about 106 years old.
WLNS reached out to the Michigan Attorney General’s office, which prosecuted the Nassar case, but has not yet heard back.