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Larry Nassar is sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison; President Trump lands in Switzerland.
160-plus victims, 175 years in prison
- On Wednesday, Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor and Michigan State University sports medicine physician, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse (in addition to a 60-year sentence for child pornography issued in December 2017). [Washington Post / Will Hobson]
- The conviction came after more than 150 survivors spoke over the course of a week about how Nassar’s abuse had affected their lives. [Vox / Anna North]
- During the proceedings, Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read portions of a letter that Nassar had given her a couple of months after entering his plea, but refrained from reading it in its entirety. “There is some information here which troubles me in regards to the victims,” she said. “I don’t want them re-victimized by the words in the letter.” [NPR / Laurel Wamsley]
- Aquilina was considered a hero by many witnesses of the proceedings; she made time for any victim to speak who wanted to, and minced no words in her conviction: “I just signed your death warrant.” [USA Today / Josh Hafner]
- But to others, Judge Aquilina overstepped her bounds as an impartial arbiter of justice and instead took on the role of victim advocate. [Vox / Rachel Marshall]
- The enduring words from the trial, though, will belong not to the judge but to the Read More Here