March 29, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) A Michigan judge is putting a muzzle on lawyers and witnesses in a sexual assault case against a sports doctor.

Lansing-area Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on Wednesday turned down a request from Larry Nassar's defense team to put restrictions on all of the dozens of women or their attorneys who are suing the Michigan State University doctor. But they could be covered if they're listed as witnesses.

The restrictions apply to a criminal case in Aquilina's court, the alleged sexual assault of a girl by Nassar. The judge says Nassar deserves a fair trial. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHU'-tee) has called Nassar a ''monster.''

Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State and at USA Gymnastics. Women and girls say they were molested by him during treatments. He denies it.

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