Nassar seeks resentencing by new judge in sex assault case

Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Lawyers for imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar want him resentenced in Ingham County by a new judge, whom they blame for a prison assault in court documents. 

Nassar, who’s currently serving a 60-year federal sentence for possessing child pornography, was also sentenced to up to 175 years in state prison for molesting young athletes. He agreed to a 25- to 40-year minimum term. But his attorneys say they believe Judge Rosemarie Aquilina decided to impose the maximum allowed before the sentencing hearing even began.

Two appeals were filed this week: One is a motion to disqualify Judge Aquilina. The other is a motion to have Nassar resentenced.

His attorneys argue Aquilina gave people “free reign to denigrate the defendant” during his sentencing in January and “Aquilina made numerous statements throughout the proceedings indicating that she had already decided to impose the maximum allowed sentence agreement even before the sentencing hearing began.” 

They also allege the judge used the nationally-televised proceedings to “advance her own agenda” and turned them into “group therapy for the victims.”

The court documents also stated Nassar was “attacked” in prison back in May. 

“Unfortunately, Judge Aquilina’s comments and conducting of the sentencing proceeding appeared to encourage this type of behavior,” the motion read.

A ruling could take months. 

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