MSU missed many opportunities to stop Larry Nassar, a graduate of its osteopathic medical school who became a renowned doctor but went on to molest scores of girls and women under the guise of treating them for pain. Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to assaulting nine girls but faces more than 150 civil suits. Already sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography in federal court, Nassar now faces sentencing in a state court on seven charges.
Both liberal and conservative Supreme Court justices signaled that they have a problem with a lawyer who disregards his client’s express wishes by conceding the defendant’s guilt. The court was hearing the case of Robert McCoy of Louisiana, whose attorney, Larry English, told a jury that McCoy was guilty of three murders, even though McCoy expressed his innocence, despite overwhelming evidence against him.
A wrongful conviction lawsuit charges that the prosecutor’s office in New Orleans has had evidence in at least 45 cases since the 1970s that could have helped the accused, but failed to disclose it.
President Trump insisted that his vision for a border wall with Mexico remains unchanged despite efforts by his own chief of staff to downsize expectations by suggesting the president wasn’t “fully informed” when he first proposed the project on the campaign trail.
Court officials and legislators wary of forfeiting a key source of revenue have raised roadblocks in states and localities that have tried to do the same. The Trump administration has blunted momentum by scrapping an Obama-era warning against imposing excessive fees and fines on juveniles.