Convicted rapist Larry Nassar was assaulted in prison. NBC NEWS (@nbc) reported, the assault took place just hours after Nassar was released into the penitentiary’s general population. The report doesn’t state how bad (or not bad) the assault was. For all we know he could’ve simply got sucker punched……or he could’ve been stomped out by 50 inmates. I don’t know. What I do know is, Nassar is serving a 60-year prison sentence in the FEDS for multiple rapes and “fondlings” of young women and girls. I also know that Nassar still has a 175 year sentence to serve over in the state. Unless appeals help him out, chances are Nassar will be spending the rest of his life in prison. And unlike people sentenced for white collar crimes, Nassar will likely be doing his time in the pen due to rape being labeled as a violent crime.
It’s highly likely Nassar will be assaulted again at some point. Going to prison on a rape charge makes Nassar a prized target. Walking “cool points” of sorts. Meaning anyone who assaults him gets “props” from fellow inmates.
The Detroit News obtained documents filed by Nassar’s lawyers on Tuesday, seeking an appeal of his 60-year sentence because of the May assault. In the court documents Nassar’s lawyer, Jacquilina McCann blamed the man who attacked Nassar in the courtroom and sentencing Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s courtroom conduct for the prison assault. Stating their actions set the precedent for future prison assaults of Nassar.
“Judge Aquilina made numerous statements throughout the proceedings indicating that she had already decided to impose the maximum allowed by the sentence agreement even before the hearing began. Thus, from the defendant’s perspective the sentencing hearing was just a ritual.”
Judge Aquilina allowed more than 150 women to give victim impact statements during Nassar’s sentencing hearing. The hearing took seven days to complete. Nassar’s lawyers’ court documents continued:
“The judge herself openly lamented that she could not impose cruel and unusual punishment upon the defendant, indicated her expectation that he would be harmed in prison, without condemning it, and finally proclaimed, with apparent relish, that she was ‘signing his death warrant’. Unfortunately, Judge Aquilina’s comments and conducting of the sentencing proceeding appeared to encourage this type of behavior.”
About 70-80% of the inmates at Tucson Penitentiary are sex offenders, according to a retired Bureau Of Prisons employee. The former employee stated that “if it’s determined that there is a threat to Nassar’s safety at Tucson Pen, he will be transferred to another penitentiary.” The former employee suggested USP Terre Haute or USP Coleman as possible landing spots for Nassar if transferred. The former employee says this, because those penitentiarys have an even higher percentage of sex offender population, and those Pens have a high level of inmates who have cooperated with the government. The former employee also added that, because of Nassar’s sentencing length, the BOP could waive Nassar’s “public safety” label altogether and move him to a medium-security level prison. Which could be a huge difference from being in the Pen. Depending on which prison he goes to. Could be a lot less violent….or not. Depends on where you go.