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Larry Nassar Appeal Claims Child Porn Sentence Is 'Draconian'

Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics team doctor now serving time for child sexual abuse, argues that his punishment for a federal child pornography conviction is “draconian” and should be thrown out.

Nassar, in a 15-page handwritten appeal filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, contended his convictions for receiving and possessing child pornography violate constitutional protections against double jeopardy. He also argued that lifetime bans preventing him from having electronic devices are too broad.

Nassar argued that his 60-year child pornography sentence is so broad that it violates his First Amendment rights with lifetime bans on access to or possession of electronic devices including computers, and contact with minors without approval from a probation officer in areas where children congregate. 

“These stated bans sweep too broadly,” Nassar wrote. “They are the antithesis of the required narrowly tailored sanctions required for conditions of supervised release.” 

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