NTL member Michelle Simpson Tuegel Representing Former Olympic and USA National Team Gymnasts Respond to Walker County Indictments Related to Sexual Abuse at Karolyi Ranch

Michelle TuegelAttorneys Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz and National Trial Lawyers member Michelle Simpson Tuegel, who jointly represent a number of former Olympic and USA National Team Gymnasts who attended and were abused at Karolyi ranch from approximately 2000 to 2015 respond to the indictments and statement from Walker County Officials:

Attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel said, “The Walker County DA said they have no corroborated evidence that the Karolyis did anything wrong, yet they indicted Debbie Van Horn for felony sexual assault of a child. Walker County agreed, USAG totally failed to protect children and athletes and Steve Penny did not cooperate. They claim that Karolyi Ranch and USA Gymnastics were completely separate. Yet, at one point during the period of abuse, Karoyi Ranch was branded the official ‘USA Gymnastics Olympic Training Center.’ Some of our clients were abused during that time period, and to those little girls who had the nightmare of a their doctor coming into their rooms to abuse them under the guise of treatment, with Van Horn sometimes present, the Karolyis, Nassar, Vanhorn, USAG—it was all one in the same, adults who failed to protect them, hurt them, and turned a blind eye towards their pain and suffering. Bottom line, Walker County appears to have no intention of holding all of the adults who failed, such as the Karolyis, accountable, that’s why we recently asked the Texas AG to get involved. At this point, it is up to the Federal Department of Justice to hold the ALL of the adults who failed these children and covered up the abuse accountable. It is clear Texas will not.”
Attorney Mo Aziz also added, “The fact that Walker County needed the Governor to push them into investigating the alleged wrongdoing of these other adults is concerning. This also points to the need to change the statute of limitations for reporting sex abuse in Texas as Michigan has done.”

Days in the Dallas Co. Jail raising money for bail

Dallas County, Texas is being sued over the constitutionality of its bail system by the ACLU, Civil Rights Corps, the Texas Fair Defense Project, the Texas Organizing Project, Faith in Texas, and six plaintiffs. The county’s cash bail system is unconstitutional, they claim in Daves vs. Dallas County, because it forces less affluent people to remain in custody while they raise money for bail. D magazine reports that about 70 percent of the 5,000 people in the Dallas County Jail are there because they can’t afford to post bail. This article has more on what’s it like for the people who have to stay in jail because they don’t have bail money.