Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty recently to sexually abusing team members during medical appointments. Incredibly, he is now attempting to play the victim card himself by complaining that listening to victim impact statements during his sentencing hearing would cause him too much stress.
In a lengthy letter to the court, Nassar said he was “concerned about my ability to face witnesses these next four days, mentally.” He’s worried that this will be hard on him?! What a classically “progressive” outlook.
What a monster.
Did he ever think that his actions may have caused his victims stress? Or worse? Frankly, Mr. Nassar, we don’t give a damn about your feelings and comfort level. You forfeited your “right” to expect others to feel bad for you when you took advantage of those young girls.
Fortunately, County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who is presiding over the hearing, summarily dismissed Nassar’s complaint, stating: “This isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”
Nassar, who is currently serving a 60-year sentence on child pornography charges, accused Aquilina of seeking media attention by allowing more than 100 accusers to give victim impact statements during the week-long sentencing hearing, characterizing it as a “media circus.” 100 young girl accusers? That is the story. He’s lucky he’s alive today, or he might not be alive at all. (“Can you say ‘guillotine’”?). Judge Aquilina rightly noted that the proceedings are taking place in a public courtroom and that, “I didn’t orchestrate this; you did, by your actions and by your plea of guilty.”
Progressives have a remarkable propensity to turn nearly everyone into victims, especially criminals. Be they illegal aliens, violent inner-city gang members, convicted murderers, or Female Democratic presidential candidates who are staggeringly careless with sensitive security information. Straight, white, males are the exception to this rule, so the diabolical Dr. might just get what’s coming to him. I hope so.
Does history provide us with any analogous instances of those who engaged in illegal and egregious behavior petitioning the court to spare them from stress?
Can anyone imagine Benedict Arnold saying, “I know what I did was wrong, but please don’t make me feel bad about it, okay?”
Would Al Capone have said, “I don’t believe I should be subjected to any testimony against myself. I just don’t think I’m strong enough to handle the stress. I mean, have a heart, would ya’?”