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Larry Nassar takes sentencing appeal to Mich. Supreme Court

Larry Nassar at Eaton County sentencing
Emma Winowiecki
Michigan Radio

Serial sexual predator Larry Nassar is asking the Michigan Supreme Court for permission to be re-sentenced by a different judge.

Nassar’s attorneys claim the judge in the state case – Ingham County’s Rosemarie Aquilina – was biased against Nassar.

Nassar was sentenced on state charges in 2018. He was convicted of sexually assaulting hundreds of women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

His attorneys say Judge Aquilina repeatedly disparaged Nassar, and wished harm upon him.

Aquilina “repeatedly referred to him as a ‘monster,’” the filing reads, and wished “that he would be subjected to repeated sexual assault in prison.”

The filing says Aquilina continued to disparage Nassar as he appealed for re-sentencing. “[A] few days before the Court of Appeals granted leave to appeal, knowing that Dr. Nassar was raising claims of error regarding her behavior at his sentencing and her use of social media,” the application reads, “Judge Aquilina tweeted a cartoon with dehumanizing and violent imagery depicting Dr. Nassar as a live rat that she, while wearing her judicial robe, is preparing to execute in a garbage disposal. Judge Aquilina still fondly recalls in social media posts and in interviews her pronouncement in court that she was signing Dr. Nassar’s ‘death warrant.’”

In December, the state court of appeals denied Nassar’s request to be re-sentenced by a different judge.

Nassar is currently serving a separate, 60-year federal sentence for child pornography possession.

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