Attorneys challenge new gag order in Nassar case

There are new additions to a civil lawsuit against former Michigan State university doctor Larry Nassar.

LANSING, MICH. - Attorneys suing Larry Nassar and Michigan State University have asked a federal judge to reopen their challenge to a gag order in one of Nassar's criminal cases.

Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who entered both orders, and attorneys representing Nassar, have until May 2 to file their responses to a motion from attorneys who represent more than 80 women and girls who say Nassar sexually abused them.

Aquilina entered her first order last month at the request of Nassar's attorneys; when that order was challenged in federal court, she revised it, leading to the latest effort to overturn it.

Attorneys for the dozens of women and girls said even though Aquilina revised her initial order after their challenge to it in federal court, the second order still violates their clients' First Amendment rights. They filed a motion on Monday and asked a federal judge to reopen their lawsuit and allow a challenge to the second order.

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At issue is the scope of the order. Aquilina's second gag order bars anyone "named in a court filing as a witness," as well as their attorneys, in Nassar's criminal case in her courtroom from speaking publicly about the case beyond facts contained in a court records.

In their challenge to that order, the civil attorneys said Nassar's criminal attorneys have told them they intend to call many of the women and girls and some of their attorneys as witnesses in the criminal cases.

Nassar's criminal attorneys have said in court documents they intend to call many of the women and girls and some of their attorneys as witnesses in the criminal cases.

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