Judge: 'No Way' She'll Punish Dad Who Went After Nassar

Randall Margraves' dramatic move occurred after he listened to two of his girls speak
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2018 5:59 AM CST

The distraught father who tried to attack former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom Friday later apologized, saying he had lost control. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham said there was "no way" she would fine Randall Margraves or send him to jail under her contempt-of-court powers. "I don't know what it would be like to stand there as a father and know that three of your girls were injured physically and emotionally by somebody sitting in a courtroom. I can't imagine that," the judge said. Nonetheless, she added, it is "not acceptable that we combat assault with assault." At a news conference, Margraves repeated his apology and insisted he's "no hero." "My daughters are the heroes, and all the victims and the survivors of this terrible atrocity," he said, reports the AP.

Margraves was blocked by an attorney, tackled by sheriff's deputies, and hauled out of court after the incident. During a return to court, Margraves told the judge that he just snapped. He said he had not known what exactly his daughters were going to say about their abuse, and his dramatic move occurred after he listened to two of his girls speak in court for 10 minutes. Lauren Margraves, a college student, said her parents were "filled with regret" because they took three daughters to see Nassar for sports injuries. "The guilt they have will never go away. All this is because of you." Her father then stepped up and asked the judge if she would grant him "five minutes in a locked room with this demon." Cunningham declined and also turned down his request for "one minute." That is when Randall Margraves rushed toward Nassar.

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