Judge: Trial of Michigan sports doctor won’t be moved

This Nov. 21, 2016 photo provided by the Michigan Attorney General's office shows former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in his home with a girl under 13. Nassar, who was arrested Monday while running an errand, was arraigned by video from jail. (Michigan Attorney General's office via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge has refused to move the trial of a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor who is charged with molesting girls at his home and campus clinic.

Lawyers for Dr. Larry Nassar say it will be hard to pick a jury in Ingham County after more than a year of unflattering stories about him. But Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says not everyone follows the news.

Aquilina held a hearing Friday to deal with many issues before jury selection starts on Dec. 4. Nassar pleaded guilty in federal court in July in a separate child pornography case. Aquilina says prosecutors can’t mention the conviction during trial.

Nassar specialized in treating gymnasts from all over Michigan. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

 

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