Larry Nassar’s Final Appeal In Sexual Assault Case Has Been Dismissed By Michigan Supreme Court
Larry Nassar, a sports doctor who was sentenced to years in jail for sexually assaulting gymnasts, had his final appeal dismissed by the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday.
Nassar admitted to sexually abusing gymnasts and other athletes with his hands while pretending to treat hip and leg ailments. He worked at Michigan State University and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, where he traveled the world with the sport’s top gymnasts.
Nasser’s attorneys apparently felt he was disrespected when Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in 2018, “I just signed your death warrant.”
In a two-page order, the court said, “We decline to expend additional judicial resources and further subject the victims in this case to additional trauma where the questions at hand present nothing more than an academic exercise.”
Nasser was arrested by Michigan State University Police in 2016. The FBI’s inability to stop Nassar after agents were informed of claims against him in 2015 has caused more than 100 women, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, to sue the federal government for more than $1 billion.
The US Justice Department announced last month that it would not pursue criminal charges against the former FBI agents who neglected to launch an investigation into Nassar’s actions as soon as he was accused of sexually abusing female gymnasts in 2015.