DETROIT – The Michigan Supreme Court dismissed a final appeal on Friday Sports doctor Larry Nassarwho was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic champions.
Nassar’s lawyers said he was treated unfairly in 2018 and deserved a new hearing, based on vindictive remarks from a judge who called him a “monster” who would “wither” in prison like the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.
“I just signed your death warrant,” Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said of Nassar’s 40-year sentence.
The state Supreme Court said Nassar’s appeal was a “close issue” and that it had “concerns” about the judge’s conduct. However, the court also found that despite her provocative statements, Aquilina stuck to the penalty agreement drawn up by attorneys in the case.
“We refuse to expend additional judicial resources and subject victims to additional trauma in this case when the issues at hand constitute nothing more than an academic exercise,” the court said in a bilateral order.
More than 150 victims spoke or made statements during an extraordinary seven-day hearing at the Aquilina Court more than four years ago.
Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting gymnasts and other athletes with his hands under the guise of medically treating hip and leg injuries. He worked at Michigan State University and in Indianapolis USA gymnasticstravels the world with the sport’s elite.
“Our constitution does not allow for cruel and unusual punishments,” the judge said. “If that were the case, I have to say that maybe I would allow what he did to all these beautiful souls, these young women in their childhood. I would allow someone or many people to do to him what he has done to others.”
Nassar was subsequently sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison in another case in a neighboring county.
He is currently in federal prison on another case stemming from the same investigation for child pornography. The verdicts effectively mean Nassar, 58, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
The effects of the scandal continue. More than 100 women, including Olympic champion Simone Biles, are there together Search for more than 1 billion dollars by the federal government for the FBI’s failure to stop Nassar when agents became aware of allegations against him in 2015. He was arrested by Michigan State University police in 2016, more than a year later.
Michigan State, which has been accused of missing opportunities to stop Nassar for many years, agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who were attacked by him. USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee a $380 million settlement.
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