'Nothing Short of Heroic': Napolitano Praises Judge After Sentencing of USA Gymnastics Doctor
Judge Andrew Napolitano praised the judge who presided over the trial of disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting young female athletes.
“I just signed your death warrant,” Michigan Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said after she announced the sentencing, which came after more than 100 victims gave impact statements detailing the abuse they endured at the hands of the former team doctor.
“You don’t deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.”
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On "Outnumbered," Napolitano said it was an unusual move for Aquilina to allow impact statements from dozens of victims who weren't named in the case, including famed Olympians Mckayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Simone Biles.
"The judge has been criticized for having a sentencing hearing take seven days when it should take about two hours and having people not in the case testify," Napolitano said. "I reject that criticism."
He said that Aquilina is an "American hero" for permitting victims to engage in a catharsis and express the harm that Nassar caused them.
"Under the rules, she is permitted to take into account what we call 'prior bad acts,'" Napolitano explained.
"So even though this took seven days, her behavior was nothing short of heroic, not just for victims, not just for women, but for the entire criminal justice system."
He added that the testimony of well-known athletes like Maroney, Raisman and Biles also helped this story receive national headlines.
"The facts are horrific and gut-wrenching, but that the public is aware of how people like Dr. Nassar will be treated by the system and the respect for victims -- whether charged or uncharged -- is a good thing. And it's all a credit to this judge."
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