Opinion: Judge Aquilina Was Not Grandstanding During Larry Nassar Sentencing [VIDEO]

Opinion: Judge Aquilina Was Not Grandstanding During Larry Nassar Sentencing [VIDEO]

Opinion: Judge Aquilina Was Not Grandstanding During Larry Nassar Sentencing [VIDEO]

Rachael Denhollander was the #MeToo leader a full year and a half prior to anything regarding Harvey Weinstein. Why? Because she was the one who finally said ENOUGH and broke the silence surrounding sexual predator Larry Nassar. Rachael’s powerful statement was one of the last to be given during the sentencing hearing. 

ONE HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT impact statements were presented to the court by the survivors of this predator. Courageous women who stood up and confronted a predator who started attacking them when they were innocent young girls.

A sexual predator is now seeing justice delivered. Justice that has been denied to all the survivors for far too long.

Yet many are now accusing Judge Aquilina of grandstanding.

As Judge Aquilina says, she’s not anyone special. She’s an immigrant who tries her best to give everyone a voice. Her parents, mother is German and father is from Malta, emigrated to the United States when she was a toddler. A woman who made her way through school and more in order to become the first female Judge Advocate General (JAG) for Michigan National Guard.

Yet, many say she was grandstanding.

Yes, I understand that, from a legal standpoint, there could be problems with her statement. But I’d like our readers to think about this.

As Gail points out here, Judge Aquilina spoke for the SURVIVORS! Did you want her to kowtow and speak all pretty for Nassar? Why should she? Was she REALLY showboating given that Nassar wrote two letters blaming everyone else?

In the first letter, which we highlighted here, Nassar whined about how sad it made him to hear from those he preyed upon. In his second letter, he called out the judge AND slammed every single girl he molested!

“I was a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out were the same ones that praised and came back over and over, and referred family and friends to see me. The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust.

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. It is just a complete nightmare.

“The stories that are being fabricated to sensationalize this, then the AG would only accept my plea if I said what I did was not medical and was for my own pleasure. They forced me to say that or they were going to trial and not accepting the plea. I wanted to plead no contest, but the AG refused that. I was so manipulated by the AG and now Aquilina. All I wanted was to minimize stress to everyone, like I wrote earlier.”

That, from Nassar is utter bullshit!! Remorse is completely and utterly nonexistent with this cretin. IMO, Nassar deserves the derision, scorn, and sentencing he got.

Folks, this man preyed upon 168 girls that we know of. Michigan State University president, coaching staff and coaches in other disciplines are complicit because they ALL received reports. And did nothing. Where has the NCAA been for the last 20 years? US Gymnastics knew and couldn’t be bothered to do anything until Rachael Denhollander spoke up.

While these brave amazing survivors were facing the predator who harmed them, the question was asked: 

How come NONE of the coaches showed up during any part of the trial or provided any statement supporting those that Nassar preyed upon?

It’s a question that should be asked again and again because right now, the silence from all coaches and trainers is damning.

Thanks to the courage of Rachael Denhollander, Kyle Stephens and all the other survivors, Nassar will be in prison of for the rest of his life.

Yes, I understand the legal implications of Judge Aquilina’s statement. But what I ALSO understand is this; from MSU to US Gymnastics to Karolyi’s ranch along with the NCAA and the USA Olympics; credible information regarding Nassar’s preying on innocent girls was swept under the rug for TWENTY YEARS or more. With the end result that 168 lives were irrevocably damaged.

Sometimes justice has to be angry. Sometimes the money lenders, enablers, and predators have to be driven out of the temple with fiery anger.

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  • Ward B says:

    Nope. I respectfully disagree.
    I have watched judges lay into serial killers, rapists, and scam artists–there is a MAJOR difference between how those judges I watched did it (and I had no problem with what they said) and how she did it. Her “speech” smacked of self-aggrandizing–but after all, she has a book coming out, right? And such statements from the bench would most certainly make her a public icon (even if temporary). And this is my point–whether or not that is true (her doing it for the attention and/or her book), judges are supposed to be impartial–and give the appearance of impartiality. She didn’t.

    The number of times she used the words “I” or “my” were way out of line and many of her examples were ridiculous.

    Justice is supposed to be blind. Delivered impartially and appropriately. It is not vengeance. The bible is quite clear on that.

    In the end, the sentence was proper. The delivery; tragically flawed.

    • Nina says:

      Ward, thank you for your comments.

      Couple of things.

      1. I was unaware that she is writing a book. Very interesting.
      2. Yes, justice is supposed to be blind and impartial. Yet sometimes as history has shown, it should be angry.

      Did she cross that line? Co-blogger Jennifer has an excellent counter point on that.

      And finally, I tried to look at this from the survivors perspective as well as the fact that I was looking at this from my own point of view.

      Again, thanks for your comment! Appreciate it!

    • David S. says:

      With the exception of Ward’s reference to an upcoming book (a claim for which he offers no support and which, even if true, seems highly unlikely to have been shared with the press), Ward’s comment above pretty much nailed it. The sentence was legit, but she was grandstanding. Yes, judges can and do excoriate defendants on sentencing. But this went on and on and on and went way beyond what is expected or what is even relevant to the rendering of a sentence. Some of the comments were so out of line, I expect that they will be quoted in Nassar’s appeal.

      We have seen this before. There was a simple hearing relating to the death of Ana Nicole Smith some years ago. The hearing (which, if memory serves, had to do with the transportation of Smith’s body) should have been 1 hour of dry lawyer argument, but the (male) judge turned it into a grand show. The judge gave long speeches and pretended to cry or to be choked up. The truth is that these low-level state judges see this as their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jump start a media career, either as a legal commentator or as a TV judge. Judge Judy, at the top of the pyramid, makes $50 million/year. That’s what 99% of that grandiose performance was about. The residual 1% was about rendering a sentence. I truly hope this judge’s media play comes to naught.

  • Ward B says:

    I see what you mean. Thank you for the perspective.

  • Blackgriffin says:

    I agree with you totally. Time to speak the truth to and about these monsters. Time to support the victims, not the predator who destroyed their lives. As long as he made a willing and knowing plea, and the judge sentenced him within the law, I’m fine with everything she said. We’re all so busy worrying about the feelings of these subhumans we’ve forgotten how to speak the truth to them.

    • GWB says:

      I’m not worried a damn bit about the feelings of the perpetrator. I’m worried about justice. And I’m really getting sick of being dumped in with the bleeding heart progs by statements like that.

  • GWB says:

    As Gail points out here, Judge Aquilina spoke for the SURVIVORS! Did you want her to kowtow and speak all pretty for Nassar?
    Binary thinking, much? There is a middle ground, where we normally expect judges to reside: simple, impartial justice. Let the survivors and their advocates speak for them. Let Nassar and his advocates speak for him. She needs to simply and accurately portray the conviction and the sentence. If she wants to be an advocate, then step down and become a defense or prosecuting attorney.

    She did it for them….for the victims
    Yeah, well, she’s not supposed to do that “for the victims”. She’s supposed to apply justice. It’s the attorneys’ job to advocate.

    Folks, this man preyed upon 168 girls that we know of.
    Why did his plea only encompass something like 10 charges, then? I’ve never seen this explained. (I’ll admit I haven’t followed this case closely.) Was that considered “enough” to get him locked away? Or was it all they could reasonably expect to get a conviction on? The impact statements were read, even by those who evidently weren’t victims of the official charges. Plea deal or not, that seems odd and possibly excessive (from an appeal perspective).

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