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Judge denies Nassar's request to end 'media circus'

Judge denies Nassar's request to end 'media circus'

"When I was 15 I started to have back problems while at a National Team Camp at the Karolyi Ranch", Nichols wrote in a victim impact statement read at one of Nassar's sentencing hearings on Wednesday and published last week.

In the letter, Nassar said he thought Aquilina was trying to make the sentencing hearing a "media circus" and said he had previously passed out twice, including the day of his federal sentencing.

"I have to say, this isn't worth the paper it's written on", Aquilina said of Nassar's letter, via ESPN.

"Contrary to", she said, referring to an article describing her empathetic demeanor toward the victims as they gave their statements.Separately on Thursday, a victim impact statement from McKayla Maroney was read aloud in court.

Nassar, 54, is already serving time for child pornography and is awaiting sentencing in Ingham County, Michigan, for sexually assaulting about 140 women.

Dr. Larry Nassar won't be sentenced until next week to accommodate the many victims who want to speak.

"I hope USA Gymnastics listens because they haven't listened to us so far", she said.

"You spent thousands of hours perpetrating sexual assault on minors", Aquilina said to Nassar. Women say he provided encouraging words after a day of demanding coaching, candy that was otherwise banned and of course one-on-one treatments for injuries that were actually assaults. At another point, Aquilina said she would allow someone "to do to him what he did to others" if the U.S. Constitution allowed cruel punishment. "And too often judges fall prey to the allure of the cameras and media attention and forget their roles".

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Maroney was part of the "Fierce Five" winning Olympic team that competed in the 2012 London Olympics.

She continued and told him she didn't even know who he was before the trial.

Nassar could be sentenced Friday.

Maroney had sharp words for Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not investigating Nassar sooner. That brings the total number testifying to 105 but judge Aquilina said there's no cap to the number of victims who can testify.

Marta Karolyi, national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics, watches over gymnasts during a training session at the Karolyi Ranch, in New Waverly, Texas.

The onslaught caused Nassar to write Aquilina questioning, "my ability to be able to face witnesses these next four days, mentally".

"Writing this mumbo jumbo doesn't help you sir", she said.


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