Who Is Judge Rosemarie Aquilina? | Her 25 Best Quotes From The Larry Nassar Trial

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On Wednesday, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing underage girls. Judge Aquilina quickly began making headlines for her scathing statements to Nassar and powerful words to his victims.

Aquilina’s no-holds-barred sentencing has her supporters lauding her as a protector of survivors, slayer of predators, and queen of the courtroom.

We’ve rounded up 25 of the most powerful quotes from the Larry Nassar trial that prove justice is a dish best served by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

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1. "I've just signed your death warrant."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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2. "I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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3. "It is my privilege to sentence you."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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4. "Your decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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5. "Inaction is inaction. Silence is indifference. Justice requires a voice. And that's what happened in this court."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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6. "168 buckets of water were placed on your so-called 'match' that got out of control."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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7. "There has to be a massive investigation as to why there was inaction — why there was silence."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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8. "Justice requires more than what I can do on this bench."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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9. "It was my honor and privilege to hear these survivors."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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10. "You do not deserve to walk outside a prison again."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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11. "You have not yet owned what you did."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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12. "You think somehow you are right, that you are a doctor, that you don’t have to listen, and that did treatment?"

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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13. "I find that you don't get it, that you're a danger. You remain a danger."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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14. "I'm a judge who believes in life and rehabilitation when rehabilitation is possible. I don't find that's possible with you."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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15. "You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to the most vulnerable."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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16. “You may find it harsh that you are here listening but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands."

— Judge Aquilina to Larry Nassar

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17. "It stops now. Speak out like these survivors, become part of the army."

— Judge Aquilina to survivors

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18. "This story is not about me. It never was about me. I hope I opened some doors... It’s just not my story."

— Judge Aquilina to survivors

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19. “I’m an adult, and I’m listening, and I’m sorry it took this long... You were never the problem, but you are so much the solution.”

— Judge Aquilina to Aly Raisman

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20. "You are really very strong, not just as an athlete, but as a woman, as a survivor."

— Judge Aquilina to Jordyn Wieber

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21. "You have an Olympian voice."

— Judge Aquilina to Jordyn Wieber

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22. "You made this happen... You are the bravest person I've ever had in my courtroom."

— Judge Aquilina to Rachael Denhollander

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23. “The monster who took advantage of you is going to wither, much like the scene in the Wizard of Oz."

— Judge Aquilina to survivors

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24. "As you get stronger, as you overcome —because you will — he gets weaker and he will wither away."

— Judge Aquilina to survivors

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25. "You are no longer victims, you are survivors."

— Judge Aquilina to survivors

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Now that's what I call a mic drop.

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