Judge Aquilina won’t recuse herself from future Nassar proceedings

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Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina took the stand to defend herself Friday afternoon to claims made by Larry Nassar’s new attorneys that she was biased and should remove herself from the case.

The hearing revolved around whether Judge Aquilina should recuse herself from a motion to appeal request, regarding Larry Nassar’s sentence.

in a calmly-read statement she told the court there was no bias and she isn’t going anywhere.

“I followed the law. I followed the rules. The sentence was fair. The math doesn’t lie. It was done with a logical basis.”

Nassar’s new attorneys say she was biased in her conduct during the sentencing phase of Nassar’s sexual assault trial -and want her gone. Aquilina said, nothing could be further from the truth.

“He (Nassar) doesn’t have a claim for a biased process, he has buyer’s remorse,” said Aquilina.

Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison last December for federal child porn charges and 40 to 125 years in prison for sexually assaulting hundreds of girls.

Judge Aquilina said that sentence is proper, adding that Nassar should never be released.

“There is no likelihood for rehabilitation. His letter showed a clear lack of remorse. He is a danger for the protection of society and should not be released.”

The State Attorney General’s office has spoken out in support of Judge Aquilina, in fact, they wanted her to testify and not recuse herself.

Larry Nassar is currently serving his federal sentence in Tucson, Arizona.

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