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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rosemarie Aquilina, the judge who presided over the astounding sentencing hearing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar this month, has emerged as a heroine for victims of sexual assault.

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But Aquilina's manner during sentencing, in which she said she was honored to sentence Nassar to die in prison and suggested he deserved to be sexually assaulted himself, has raised questions about whether she overstepped her role as an impartial arbiter of justice. Aquilina's remarks were unusual in how fiercely she championed the victims over the four-day sentencing hearing, emerging more as an advocate than a dispassionate judge. "It is my honor and privilege to sentence you, because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again," she told Nassar on Wednesday as she sent him to prison for 40 to 175 years. "I've just signed your death warrant." She also went so far as to suggest that he deserved to experience the pain of sexual abuse himself. On the first day of the hearing, she mused about allowing "many people" to sexually assault Nassar if she were permitted to.

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He certainly deserves punishment. But 40-175 years is ridiculous.

#1 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-25 07:26 PM | Reply

40 years is about three months per accuser.

Doesn't seem harsh to me. Seems pretty lenient.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-25 07:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Aquilina's remarks were unusual in how fiercely she championed the victims over the four-day sentencing hearing, emerging more as an advocate than a dispassionate judge."

Because he's already been found guilty and it's a sentencing hearing, you dumbass "men's rights activist."

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-25 07:34 PM | Reply

Standing up for a creep who pleaded guilty to child pornography and fingering over 200 teenage girls is beneath you boaz.

#4 | Posted by thekrum at 2018-01-25 07:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Standing up for a creep who pleaded guilty to child pornography and fingering over 200 teenage girls is beneath you boaz.

He's not. The judge is probably a liberal so he's attacking her. It's a reflex.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-25 07:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

can't do that, Judge. impeach.
new trial.

#6 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-25 08:00 PM | Reply

my comment above is about the JUDGE, not the crime.

#7 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-25 08:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5
Agreed, but that makes protecting teens from predators a liberal conspiracy.

Many of Nassar's enablers in both MSU and US Gymnastics were exposed and resigned because of this spectacle.

Nassar called the survivors "women scorned" after pleading guilty.

Yet, here is boaz supporting him.

#8 | Posted by thekrum at 2018-01-25 08:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#6
Hello, there was no trial.

He pleaded guilty to fingering over 200 teens. He also pleaded guilty to child porn in another case.

This is victim's statement for sentencing.

The judge was obviously moved, much like after family's statement in say a murder conviction. Except hundreds were victimized.

#9 | Posted by thekrum at 2018-01-25 08:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

can't do that, Judge. impeach.
new trial.

#6 | POSTED BY ICHIRO AT 2018-01-25 08:00 PM

TheKrum is exactly correct, he plead guilty. Judges have extraordinary latitude during sentencing, nothing will come of this and Nassar will die in prison.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-25 08:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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If the judge in question was male and said the exact same thing, nobody would be batting an eye, but because this is a female judge, some men are calling her less than impartial and outright vengeful.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-25 08:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

This occurred AFTER he had plead guilty where impartiality isn't required. Many a judge has made similar statements against the convicted. NOTHING wrong with that.

#12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-25 08:32 PM | Reply

So this guy molested or raped over 150 women and the law and order DR rrrrriiiiigggghhhhhtttt is here crying because the judge was mean to him...

#13 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-25 09:24 PM | Reply

So this guy molested or raped over 150 women and the law and order DR rrrrriiiiigggghhhhhtttt is here crying because the judge was mean to him...

#13 | POSTED BY MRSILENCEDOGOOD

I think Ichiro will be quite shocked to learn that he's a member of the DR right.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-25 10:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I bet the guy who started the thread will too.

I don't have any idea who "ichiro" is, but if he figures that people saying mean things to the guy who raped over 150 girls and/or women is the story here I have no use for him or her.

Maybe ichiro and Boaz should volunteer to serve part or even all of the poor persecuted rapist's sentence for him.

#15 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-25 10:29 PM | Reply

Grown man molested 150+ girls?

He'll get over it.

After all, you've read the riot act to black defendants. Encouraged them to go to prison and become Muslim and other "insults".

This is mild by comparison.

smh.

#16 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-01-26 12:05 AM | Reply

This guy needs to burn. I don't know the rules about judge conduct. I only hope she acted appropriately so that his sentences are upheld.

Everyone else who let this happen needs to be held accountable too. The extent of his abuse is staggering.

#17 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-26 12:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If you're having judge problems I feel bad for you son.
I got ninety nine problems but being a child molester ain't one.

Wait, no. I don't feel bad at all.

#18 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-01-26 12:44 AM | Reply

Bruce,

This guy is going to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Also, as has been pointed out upthread, her comments were made in the sentencing phase of this trial. I don't think she was dramatically out-of-line.

#19 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-26 12:45 AM | Reply

Yet, here is boaz supporting him.

Supporting him? I only posted a thread, Geez..

I dont give a --- about him. I'm saying the judge may have gone overboard in her comments, not her sentencing. The risk of having a new trial due to a judge who doesnt seem impartial is too much of a risk. All she had to so was sentence him and stay silent. Now he has a real justification for a retrial and a getting a judge who may give a lessor sentence, even if that sentence is two months less..

Liberals like those who are accusing me are what's wrong with the liberal/progressive movement. Projecting onto me just because I posted a goddam link to spark discussion.

I mean this with all my heart. Go --- yourselves..

#20 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-26 07:32 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 2

I see your point, Boaz. My mother explained this type of thing to me years ago: Women feel vulnerable because generally men are so much bigger and stronger physically than they are. When a man goes rogue and starts abusing women, they want the perpetrator punished so hard that it'll send a warning message out to all potential rapists and abusers to not even think about it.

It never occurred to me that some women are living with this kind of fear all the time. It's natural to want to lash out at one who has been found guilty of so many heinous crimes, like child porn and rape under the guise of professional duties.

#21 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-26 07:51 AM | Reply

Also, so many of these young women feel betrayed in their social contract with their management in general and the public at large. They reported this abuse, but little was done about it. Over 150 girls were molested. Something's wrong with our system that this could go on so long. It makes the overall fear factor worse.

#22 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-26 07:55 AM | Reply

so many of these young women feel betrayed in their social contract

Agreed. I think the only good thing that's coming out of the "metoo" movement is a re-writing of the social contract between men and women and how men treat them. But it will do no good if women dont recognize their part in this as well, as evidenced by by so many men getting accused of things just because a woman may feel jilted. Women cant be using their sexuality to gain an advantage, (like the girl who accused Aziz Ansari). Some women know they are hot and beautiful and will use that to their advantage.

#23 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-26 08:24 AM | Reply

Go --- yourselves a 12 year old. I've got your back..

#20 | POSTED BY BOAZ A

Fixed.

#24 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-26 09:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Also, so many of these young women feel betrayed in their social contract"

There is often a good reason for their feelings of betrayal. I hope we see more initiatives like this:

What's Being Done To Address The Country's Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits

Across the country, tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting in police evidence rooms -- waiting to be tested.

Some have been sitting there for years, but a national push to address the backlog has given the issue a sense of urgency.

www.npr.org

#27 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-26 10:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"All she had to so was sentence him and stay silent."

If a male judge had said the exact same thing during sentencing, would you be making such a big deal out of it?

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-26 10:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Mrsilence calling Boaz a child molester is uncalled for. He's talking about the judge and her remarks. Myself I don't really care he got a public shaming by her. But judges do act like they are a God sometimes. Had one go off on me when she asked my opinion when being selected for jury duty.

#29 | Posted by patron at 2018-01-26 10:26 AM | Reply

Yet, here is boaz supporting him. - #8 | Posted by thekrum at 2018-01-25 08:04 PM
Please quote where boaz has shown any support for the defendant, or admit that you are a liar.

#30 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-26 10:35 AM | Reply

Mrsilence calling Boaz a child molester is uncalled for.

#29 | POSTED BY PATRON A

Yeah, especially since I didn't.

#31 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-26 11:03 AM | Reply

#26 | POSTED BY EBERLY

When is the last time you made a post here that didn't involve some imaginary event that I was involved in?

#32 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-26 11:05 AM | Reply

Go --- yourselves a 12 year old. I've got your back..
#20 | POSTED BY BOAZ A
Fixed.

#25 | POSTED BY MRSILENCEDOod

Don't act stupid You're sure implying it, same thing.

#34 | Posted by patron at 2018-01-26 11:09 AM | Reply

#26 | POSTED BY EBERLY

Let me help, sugar.

If a person has to log into a web site and say:

"I'm not a child molester, I just sympathize for child molester when mean women say real mean things to them..."

you lose.

#35 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-26 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I'm not a child molester, I just sympathize for child molester when mean women say real mean things to them..."

who said that? please cite?

#36 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-26 11:13 AM | Reply

what's funny is that Boaz posted the article and made no comments from what I can see until later in the thread.

He certainly didn't defend the perp being sentenced.

Marytylerdonogood can't tell the difference. She sees the name of who posted it and that's it.....and then she grabs her purse and starts swinging.

#37 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-26 11:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Don't act stupid You're sure implying it, same thing.

#34 | POSTED BY PATRON
Ok...

You're saying that I implied something and that's bad, and you're saying it in defense of someone who,,, implied something...

#38 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-26 11:18 AM | Reply

She also went so far as to suggest that he deserved to experience the pain of sexual abuse himself. On the first day of the hearing, she mused about allowing "many people" to sexually assault Nassar if she were permitted to.

She's referring to an eye for an eye justice. Sometimes we practice it in this country (death penalty for murderers); sometimes we don't.

#39 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-26 11:19 AM | Reply

#37 | POSTED BY EBERLY AT

When is the last time you made a post here that wasn't about some imaginary event that I was involved in?

#40 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-26 11:20 AM | Reply

39

Gal, you've made a good point about the fact this is news only because a women judge did it. IMO, it wouldn't be news if a man had done it. As to the comments being over the line? I suppose there are some sort of formal guidelines judges are expected to follow when adding commentary to a ruling or a sentencing but I don't know.

#41 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-26 11:25 AM | Reply

"you're saying it in defense of someone who,,, implied something."..

how did he do that?

this is 2 questions you're dodging, BTW

#42 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-26 11:29 AM | Reply

#42 | POSTED BY EBERLY

I wonder..

Do you post fantasies about me on other sites, social media, etc or is this the only place where you do that sort of thing?

#43 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-26 11:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Also, so many of these young women feel betrayed in their social contract with their management in general and the public at large."

The backstory is literally dozens of girls and women complained and were stonewalled.

That's the big story here. Thats how Nasser got away with it for so long.

Every board and panel that heard complaints about Nasser and let him off needs to be post-mortemed.

It's too bad the judge doesn't have the power to order that.

#44 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-26 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I'm good, whore. I'm not going down this road........

#45 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-26 12:07 PM | Reply

44

wow...we agree again.

#46 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-26 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All I'm saying is that the judge trying to grandstand probably has jepordized the case to retrial, all because of her grandstanding. Keep in mind she made comments before the trial even started. I bet even Moder8 could get this guy a new trial..

#47 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-26 12:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

in defense of someone who,,, implied something...

Show where I implied something...

#48 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-26 12:40 PM | Reply

All I'm saying is that the judge trying to grandstand probably has jepordized the case to retrial, all because of her grandstanding. Keep in mind she made comments before the trial even started. I bet even Moder8 could get this guy a new trial..

Posted by boaz at 2018-01-26 12:37 PM | Reply

BS You're only problem is she's a woman that's it. BTW He plead guilty. There was NO Trial.

#49 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-26 01:00 PM | Reply

Nah, all the old white pedophiles getting offended by her statement need to spend some time in the cellar too.

#50 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-26 01:52 PM | Reply

I'm saying the judge may have gone overboard in her comments, not her sentencing.

Judges make tough comments about a defendant all the time at sentencing. I find it bizarre that she's getting so much attention for these remarks, even if they were over the top.

He pleaded guilty. At most he could appeal his sentence, enabling another judge to hear 156 women tell him (and the court) how he molested them as children. What are the odds this loathsome kiddy raper will get even a minute less of a sentence?

#51 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-26 04:12 PM | Reply

He pleaded guilty. At most he could appeal his sentence, enabling another judge to hear 156 women tell him (and the court) how he molested them as children. What are the odds this loathsome kiddy raper will get even a minute less of a sentence?

#51 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-26 04:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Hell he won't even last a year in prison. My guess is he will hang himself in his prison cell.

#52 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-26 04:15 PM | Reply

It's that part of the proceeding where the judge opines aloud that the defendant practically deserves to be sexually assaulted in prison as punishment for his crimes that she goes way overboard. It also is gratuitously obnoxious to crow about how she is signing his "death warrant". If I were the defense attorney in that court room I would have gone off on her. I really would have. Just do your job. Sentence the piece of ---- to life in prison and be done with it.

#53 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-26 04:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Can he use this to get a re-trial and then not plead guilty and then drag out a trial forcing his victims to go through the hell of cross examination?

#54 | Posted by Snowfake at 2018-01-26 04:26 PM | Reply

BS You're only problem is she's a woman that's it.

No it's not Laura. I know you like to label everyone you disagree with such stupid labels, but it's not true with me.

This dirtbag can probably do what Snowflake is asking about in #53 and drag this whole thing out at a trial, all because this judge wanted to spout off..

#55 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-26 04:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's that part of the proceeding where the judge opines aloud that the defendant practically deserves to be sexually assaulted in prison as punishment for his crimes that she goes way overboard. It also is gratuitously obnoxious to crow about how she is signing his "death warrant".

It is definitely a grandstanding judge making the proceedings about herself. I guess I should be madder but the defendant is so evil I'm having trouble mustering the outrage.

#56 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-26 04:32 PM | Reply

Standing up for a creep who pleaded guilty to child pornography and fingering over 200 teenage girls is beneath you boaz.

#4 | Posted by thekrum

You apparently don't know boaz. It is not beneath him at all.

I know you like to label everyone you disagree with such stupid labels, but it's not true with me.

#55 | Posted by boaz

So says the guy who calls everyone who disagrees with him a Liberal as though it was a dirty word.

#57 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-26 04:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Can he use this to get a re-trial and then not plead guilty ...

No, his best shot is a new sentencing hearing and even that is unlikely.

#58 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-26 05:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Re: the topic of this miserable thread: Is it only overboard when an Agent of the State does it?

Because prison rape is frequently suggested as a fitting punishment for sex offenders, by run-of-the-mill people.

#59 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-26 09:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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