Breaking news - Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault.
She had promised the victims in this case that Dr. Larry Nassar would spend the rest of his life in jail. And she delivered. Declaring this sentencing "a privledge," Judge Aquilina stated "Because the crime, all of the crimes, the depth of them have cut into the core of this community and many communities in all of the families and people we don’t even know," adding "I just signed your death warrant."
Sadly, it was beyond her powers to sign an ACTUAL death warrant for this vile abuser. But if he manages to serve his 175 year sentence in Michigan, he can start serving his 60 year federal sentence for child pornography.
The judge is also powerless to sentence the parents, coaches, gymnastics officials and university officials that allowed this abuse to go on for so long.
Some have been critical of Judge Aquilina for allowing this trial to drag on for a week in front of the TV cameras especially since the sentence was already pre-determined. But I for one welcome her actions. At the very least, it has given the victims a chance to confront their abuse and get some small measure of closure. Many originally declined to appear in court, or wanted to remain anonymous. By the time it ended, 169 victims' impact statements had been read by over 150 young women and many chose to be named publicly.
Today we should be thankful that justice has been served and pray that the victims.
Then we need to work on preventing these horrific crimes in the future.