Larry Nassar, former Team USA Gymnastics doctor who has been accused of sexually assaulting over 150 young girls, has been sentenced to 175 years in prison earlier today. During the trial that spanned over several days, Nassar wrote to the court for permission to not be in the courtroom while the survivors told their brave stories to the court. His request was denied. Judge Aquilina even went to as far as throwing the letter out as soon as she read it to the court. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The media is sensationalizing this,” he had wrote in the letter which got backlash as soon as Judge Aquilina read it out in court. Afterwards she asked him if he recognized that he was guilty, which the only response he said was “I’ve said my plea.”
During the four days of survivor testimonies, Nassar was forced to listen to each and every one of them. One especially was the thirteen minute speech from Aly Raisman which directly called out Nassar. After each witness statement, Nassar was then forced to watch as Judge Aquilina had personal conversations with each woman. During these conversations, the judge usually thank them for coming forward with their stories and praised their bravery, especially to one of the first survivors to come forward Rachael Denhollander. Judge Aquilina spoke to her, “you made this happen. You are the bravest person I’ve ever had in my courtroom.”
“Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. I just signed your death warrant.” Judge Aquilina said finally to Nassar after sentencing.