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Larry Nassar’s Eaton County appeal denied

Larry Nassar
Michigan Attorney General's office

Larry Nassar’s requests to be resentenced are now in the hands of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

An Eaton County judge denied the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s request. Nassar sexually assaulted his young female patients for years. Lately, he’s been trying to get a new sentencing hearing.

Nassar was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison in both an Ingham County Court and an Eaton County Court. An Ingham County judge had previously denied his request for a new sentence.

Now, an Eaton County judge says the case in her court was also properly decided.

Nassar’s attorneys had tried to argue that Judge Janice Cunningham should not have allowed victims to talk about outside entities like Michigan State and USA Gymnastics during their impact statements.  

Malaika Ramsey-Heath is one of Nassar’s attorneys.

“One speaker talked about the administration of the school, referencing MSU. And concluded by saying, ‘Larry have fun in prison, it’s your turn to be abused,’” said Ramsey-Heath. 

Nassar’s attorneys said these types of comments swayed the judge to give Nassar the high end of a previously agreed to sentencing range.

But the judge said she only considered factors that she was allowed to by law.

“The victims were properly granted the right to speak about their experiences as a whole,” she said.

About 50 people spoke against Nassar at his Eaton County sentencing. 

Nassar’s attorneys now plan to ask the Court of Appeals to take the case. Because Nassar pleaded guilty, the court does not have to consider his appeal.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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