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Court: Nassar won't be resentenced despite judge's remarks

The judge called Nassar a “monster” who is “going to wither” like the wicked witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018 file photo, Larry Nassar sits during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. Michigan State can’t win enough football games this season to change the ugliness of the school’s recent past. The Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal and lingering questions about the school’s football and basketball programs have put the university under a bad spotlight. This year’s football team is hoping that players have learned the right lessons. The players remind each other to make good choices and avoid stupid behavior. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT — The Michigan appeals court says a judge who sentenced sports doctor Larry Nassar to 40 years in prison made “wholly inappropriate” remarks about him. 

But the court says they're not enough to violate Nassar's rights and upset the punishment for sexual assault. The appeals court notes that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina stuck to the sentencing agreement. 

Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. In 2018, Aquilina sentenced him to at least 40 years in prison after listening to more than 150 victims describe how he had molested them with his hands. 

The judge called Nassar a “monster” who is “going to wither” like the wicked witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” 

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