On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, former Olympic doctor and notorious pedophile, Larry Nassar, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years for molesting over 160 girls and women. The news came as a relief to the gymnastics community, which Nassar had preyed upon upon for decades, using his reputation as an esteemed and beloved figure to cover his tracks.
Larry Nassar saw patients for more than 2 years while under criminal investigation https://t.co/C4qVKH0EXD https://t.co/AbxmohljWW— GymCastic (@GymCastic)1516033327.0
Judges even commented. Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette, for instance, referred to Nassar’s sentencing as "the most violative" sentencing he can remember, further asking why Aquilina would allow women who were not part of the criminal proceedings to face Nassar in court.
"There has to be some semblance of fairness, no matter how much you hate the person," he said.
I see a lot of men commenting that they don't think the judge in the Nasser trial should've shown how odious and unrepentant she finds Nasser. Gentlemen, go sit in a criminal courtroom for a day and then tell me if you find the tone of her comments out of step. They're not.
[Aquilina] didn't do the following things judges do routinely: - comment about Nasser's culture and family being to blame for his crime; - call Nasser a thug or an animal Both of those are common, too.
I have never in my life seen a white man say that a white male judge was too tough on a Defendant. Never.
When judges do everything but curse out Black defendants from the bench, hold them in contempt for no reason, call undoc immigrants animals, call rape victims liars and frauds who waste taxpayer money? Then it's crickets. But let a female judge channel survivor anger. Whew.
I've seen judges call abused women whose children were also abused "monsters" who "allowed" men to abuse their kids (man knocked the woman out and then beat the kid too. But it's her fault!) Let a woman judge tell a predator he's not getting it, when he is STILL, even though he PLED GUILTY, making excuses for his behavior and trying to claim the Attorney General railroaded him. Please.
That attempt to corrupt his guilty plea and to claim he was unfairly manipulated and forced into pleading guilty? That's an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the justice of that judge's court. And he called the judge stupid for not recognizing it or corrupt for going along. This is a man who moved her Court to stop his victims from reading out what he did to them because HE shouldn't have to SUFFER hearing it. The judge was limited, and kind, when she said, "I've signed your death warrant." The man is an unrepentant predator with no respect.
Many judges would've made comments that men are calling "impartial" today because she made them.
That judge was not required to be impartial. HE PLED GUILTY. It's a sentencing hearing. She gets to CHOOSE HIS SENTENCE based on her assessment of how big a predator he is.
I really saw that. That the judge should not have talked to him that way because it could create an opportunity to overturn his guilt claiming judicial impropriety. Really? He pled guilty. Try again.