Disgraced U.S. Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar said he was attacked in prison and blames the judge who put him there, according to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com.
According to court documents recently filed by Nassar’s attorneys, the former U.S. Olympics Gymnastics Team doctor was physically attacked in May by other inmates in federal prison “just hours” after he was placed with the general population. Nassar alleges the animosity against him and his attorneys stem from the biased treatment he received in court from Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina, and Nassar is demanding another judge to resentence him.
Nassar, who was convicted and sentenced in Jan. 24 to a prison term of 480 to 2100 months for sexually assaulting female gymnasts — including U.S. Olympic stars Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber — filed two motions on July 24 asking the court to “correct” the sentence imposed by Aquilina or withdraw his initial plea because of her alleged bias against Nassar.
In the court documents filed at Ingham County Circuit Court, Nassar’s attorneys said Aquilina should disqualify herself from the case because she has "failed to adhere to the appearance of impropriety” as set forth in Michigan law.
A hearing has been set for Aug. 9 before the judge Nassar and his attorneys are trying to kick off the case.
Nassar’s attorneys said Aquilina showed “repeated indications” prior to the final sentencing that she already determined to impose the highest sentence allowed under the plea agreement, instead of considering the minimum sentencing range in the plea bargain. They also alleged the judge allowed a “free-for-all” in court during the sentencing phase where Nassar and his attorneys were repeatedly threatened.
They also claim the judge used the nationally-televised sentencing, where Nassar’s 169 victims spoke, as a platform for her own political agenda.The lawyers also mentioned Aquilina recently appeared at the ESPYs with the victims.
“Instead of proceeding to assist the judge in reaching a fair and just sentencing decision, the judge used the nationally-televised proceedings 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,” Nassar’s attorneys said in the affidavit.
Nassar's attorneys also referred to interviews Judge Aquilina provided to various media, including one with the Detroit News where the judge said, “No judge is fair and impartial (after the verdict). That’s for before the sentencing.”
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