Nassar Assaulted In Prison; Filing Blames Judge

MICHIGAN — Not even six months into his sentence at a high-security federal prison, inmates have reportedly assaulted Larry Nassar, which may cause him to be moved to another facility, according to reports.

According to court documents filed Tuesday by Nassar’s attorney in Ingham County Circuit Court seeking to appeal his sentence, he was assaulted within hours of being released into the general population in late May, the Detroit News reported.

Nassar’s attorney, Jacqueline McCann of the State Appellate Defender’s Office in Detroit, blamed the assault on Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for allowing more than 200 women into her courtroom to give victim impact statements over seven days in late January, the report said.

“Instead of a proceeding to assist the judge in reaching a fair and just sentencing decision, the judge used the nationally-televised proceeding as an opportunity to advance her own agenda, including to advocate for policy initiatives within the state as well as the federal legislatures, to push for broader cultural change regarding gender equity and sexual discrimination issues and seemingly as a type of group therapy for victims,” McCann wrote in the filing about Nassar’s sentencing hearing.

Nassar, 54, was incarcerated earlier this year after hundreds came forward accusing him of sexual assault while he was a sports doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. He is serving a 60-year federal sentence for possessing child pornography at USP Tucson, the nation’s only federal facility that is classified as high security and also has a sex offender management program, according to the Detroit News. About 70-80 percent of inmates are sex offenders in the Tucson population of 1,500.

Before Aquilina sentenced Nassar to up to 175 years in prison, she told him, “I just signed your death warrant” and has taken criticism for a zealous approach to his sentence.

Nassau’s attorney used that example in the filing to illustrate how Aquilina’s conduct “appeared to encourage” violence towards her client.

The Detroit News reported that officials are likely investigating to determine Nassar’s security and if moved, he could possibly be placed in Indiana or Florida.

Read the full story at the Detroit News.

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