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Judge Aquilina denies Nassar resentencing request

Aug 28, 2018

Convicted former Michigan State University sports doctor, Larry Nassar, will not get a new sentence – for now.

Nassar was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting seven former patients under the guise of medical treatment.

But at his sentencing, more than 100 women came forward to say that Nassar also sexually assaulted them.

Nassar’s attorneys tried to have Judge Rosemarie Aquilina removed from the case and have a different judge hear his case for a resentencing.

Jacqueline McCann is one of Nassar’s attorneys. She said Judge Aquilina was biased against Nassar during sentencing.

“There’s a lot of talk these days about whether or not anyone is above the law, but I would say the corollary to that is no one is beneath the law,” she said. “Not even Dr. Nassar.”

But that request was denied and is now being considered by the Court of Appeals.

In the meantime, Aquilina heard arguments about whether Nassar should get a new sentence.

Judge Aquilina said her sentence of 40 to 175 years in prison was appropriate, and he got the sentence that he bargained for when he pleaded guilty.

“He’s blamed everyone but himself despite pleading guilty to seven very serious counts,” she said. “What he’s asking for now is continued control like he had control over those girls. He wants to control his sentencing. He wants to reenact whatever decisions he made because of the buyer’s remorse.”

Nassar’s attorneys could appeal the decision.