Access for ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar prelim will vary pending on who testifies
Public access to ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar's preliminary hearing in Ingham County will vary depending on which plaintiff testifies, as ruled by a 55th District Court Judge Monday according to the Lansing State Journal.
At the 55th District Court in Ingham County, Nassar faces 15 first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in relation to seven plaintiffs.
55th District Court Judge Donald Allen Jr. ruled to close the courtroom to the public for six out of seven of these testimonies Monday after a request from the Michigan Attorney General's office last month.
Allen honored the request of the seventh plaintiff, Rachael Denhollander, to keep the courtroom open during her testimony.
While there will be no restrictions on media access to Denhollander's testimony, Allen said he will likely restrict the number of print reporters and cameras allowed in the testimonies for five out of the six remaining girls.
Access to the testimonies of three women the Eaton County District Court will also be restricted to the public and media, as ruled by Eaton County District Court Judge Julie Reincke last month, allowing one support person for each of the women and one print reporter in the courtroom.
Allen said he would adopt the restrictions Reincke set in place for the plaintiff who is testifying in both courts.
Allen added June 23 as a third day for Nassar's preliminary trial in Ingham County. The other two days are set for this month.
Nassar is accused of sexually abusing his patients and other young women with whom he came into contact. He was arrested in December 2016 on charges of possessing "at least 37,000" images of child pornography.