Rosemarie Aquilina Biography
Rosemarie Aquilina (Rosemarie Elizabeth Aquilina) is an American judge of the 30th circuit court in Ingham County, Michigan. She previously was the 55th District Court Judge, where she served as both a Sobriety Court Judge as well as the Chief Judge.
Rosemarie is the judge who sentenced Larry Nassar in the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal.
Rosemarie Aquilina Age
Rosemarie is 61 years old as of 2019. She was born on April 25, 1958.
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Rosemarie was born in Munich to a Maltese father (a urologist) and a German mother. She and her family moved to the United States in 1959, stateless at the time, and became a naturalized citizen when she was 12 years old.
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In an interview with Glamour, Rosemarie revealed that she got married after college at Michigan State University and during law school at Western Michigan University, she had two babies.Rosemarie Aquilina Photo
By the time she had three kids, she had been divorced and she and her partner were having relationship issues until she got to a point where she decided she did not need him.
“Our relationship started to fall apart,” she said, “and I said, You know what? I don’t need him—sperm bank! So when I was 52, I did IVF, and I had twins.”
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After law school, Rosemarie worked for 10 years as administrative assistant and campaign manager for State Senator John F. Kelly, and then as a partner in his lobbying firm, Strategic Governmental Consultants, PLLC. Around that time, she formed Aquilina Law Firm, PLC, practicing for several years with her sister, Helen Hartford and she later became the host of Ask the Family Lawyer, a syndicated radio talk show.
She later joined the Michigan Army National Guard, where she became the state’s first female member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and acquired the nickname “Barracuda Aquilina” due to her dedication to service and advocating on behalf of the soldiers she worked with. Before retiring from the Michigan Army National Guard, she served for 20 years.
Rosemarie, was in 2004, elected a judge of the 55th Michigan District Court, and in November 2008, she was elected as judge of the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County.
In July 2013, she ruled that the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing violated the state constitution, and sent an advisory memorandum to President Obama. The ruling was stayed than a week later by the Michigan Court of Appeals, and one day later the federal bankruptcy court issued a stay of all state court proceedings on the Detroit bankruptcy, ordering that all other legal challenges to the city’s bankruptcy petition be litigated in federal bankruptcy court.
Later in December 2013, bankruptcy judge Steven W. Rhodes issued an opinion rejecting all the federal and state constitutional challenges to Detroit’s bankruptcy and allowing the city to go through the Chapter 9 bankruptcy process
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In January 2018, Rosemarie presided over the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal case and she allowed over 150 women and girls involved with the US Olympics gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, to present personal testimony on their sexual abuse.
Rosemarie sentenced Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse of juveniles and young women over the past two decades.
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Rosemarie is an author and she has published two novels:
Feel No Evil (2003)
Triple Cross Killer (2017)
Rosemarie Aquilina Quotes
- “Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. I just signed your death warrant.” — Aquilina, after Nassar’s sentencing to at least 40 years of prison on Wednesday.
- “Our Constitution does not allow for cruel and unusual punishment. If it did, I have to say, I might allow what he did to all of these beautiful souls, these young women in their childhood, I would allow some or many people to do to him what he did to others.” — Aquilina, near the end of the first day of Nassar’s sentencing hearing.
- “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, collectively. You spent thousands of hours perpetrating criminal sexual conduct on minors. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had their expense and ruining their lives. none of this should come as a surprise to you.” — Aquilina, responding to Nassar’s letter questioning if he could “mentally” handle multiple days of victim-impact statements.
- “With suicide, he wins.” — Aquilina to Annette Hill who said she became suicidal following Nassar’s abuse, per HuffPo’s Alanna Vagianos.
- “Only the defendant would be better off if you were not here. Please stay with us. Stay with your family. Your children need you.” — Aquilina to Nicole Reeb, a dancer said she has had thoughts of suicide.