Judge who sentenced Larry Nassar says she'd like to see John Engler resign

Posted at 3:58 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 11:46:15-04

It was quite the celebration as the Detroit Public Safety Foundation hosted the fifth annual Women in Blue Breakfast.

Women from the Detroit Police Department, Fire Department and EMS were all among those honored for making their departments stronger and more diverse.

I had the pleasure of emceeing the event with nearly 500 people, including city leaders, Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and many more.

I got a chance to interview the keynote speaker who happens to be another powerful woman.

The woman who put convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar away for 175 years, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

She would only say one thing about Michigan State University's handling of the fallout after the Nassar scandal.

"Would I like to see Engler resign? Yes. Am I pushing for him to? No." 

This powerhouse judge had words of wisdom to back up her years on the bench, but this interview was not about the Nassar case. It was about the woman who was raised by immigrant parents with old country values.

Judge Aquilina says as a child, she had to fight to get equal treatment to the boys and men in her life, including her brothers and other men in law and the military.

Judge Aquilina says many have called her a trouble maker for breaking new ground in court including allowing 168 victims to speak during the Larry Nassar case.

She says it important for victims and defendants to be allowed to voice their frustrations in court because it's part of the healing process.

Her words to these Women in Blue who were honored today to be strong, to be fearless, to be heroes.