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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, January 29, 2018

"In Supporting the Gymnastics Victims, Judge Aquilina Got It Right"

Paul Cassell has this post at The Volokh Conspiracy. In part:

Another important purpose of a victim impact statement is driving home to the defendant the full consequences of what he has done. It is possible that Nassar's victims were able to cause him to appreciate, at least to some small degree, what he had done to these women. Early in the sentencing process he complained to the judge about being forced to listen to all the victims, but by the end he was apologizing and claiming to have been shaken to his core.

Yet another important purpose of a victim impact statement has been often overlooked in some of the critical commentary. Apart from any impact on the sentencing process or the defendant himself, a victim impact statement can have important therapeutic benefits for victims.

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