L'homme qui rit
- Sep 28, 2006
- The Mountains of Madness
Really? What part of a judge's oath was upheld by the behavior I described?
I don't see that any part of the judge's "behavior" either upholds or negates her oath in any way. That isn't my argument.
Nor is it an argument that the doctor pleaded guilty, because in this calculation, he avoided going to trial and in this we can read what we choose to. However, because he chose not to go to trial, I doubt this goes to appellate action. I wish it did in a way because a trial may uncover many more accomplices and perpetrators. But I wouldn't hold my breath.
And rather than launch into bromides about "absolute power", I'd say this (to me) is a major instance of corruption made worse by Nassar's status and position, it exemplifies one of the main causes of social injustice, the kind that the justice system is designed to redress but often fails to because of human nature's foibles, weaknesses and malice.
Which brings me to the judge. I'm glad you personally agree with much of what she said, though I myself don't. I read an article on Vox penned by a public defender arguing the judge crossed a line by positioning herself as a victims' advocate during the sentencing proceedings and in this way "reinforced the dangerous idea that judges can and should be in sync with public sentiment."
But at the same time, the author is "not challenging whether the sentence Aquilina imposed was the right call".
The times are challenging, we can bemoan the power of #courtofpublicopinion and link this case to #metoo, activist judges and what have you.
We could argue the impartiality of Aquilina's comments on one side of the scale vs the offenses of Nassar's. But I'll end with this opinion: her handling of the proceedings shed as much light as possible on said offenses, considering that his guilty plea would otherwise limit their exposure. One thing about civilian life I noticed over the years is that no one speaks of resolving issues, they use the term 'addressing' instead. To use a few similar examples to the topic of the thread, after Penn State, Baylor and now this, any attempt at redress is needed, even when uncomfortable.