It was a dramatic scene in court Friday morning when one distraught father of three daughters – all of whom were molested by Larry Nasser – tried to attack him in court.
Randall Margraves was at court to support his daughters, who were giving victim impact statements against Nassar, the former Olympic physician accused of molesting 265 girls over the course of his decades in medicine. He thought he would be a quiet spectator.
It didn’t quite turn out that way.
“I did not know the content of the impact statements,” Margraves said later in explanation of his actions. After his daughters gave their statements, Margraves cursed Lassar, but Judge Janice Cunningham told him to stop.
He then asked her for a particular favor.
“I’m asking you as part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes alone in a locked room with this demon,” Margraves said. When Cunningham denied this favor, he asked, “Would you give me one minute?”
“That’s not how our legal system works,” the Judge explained.
Police stopped the distraught father before he could reach Nassar, and rushed him from the room.
As he was escorted out, he yelled, “I want that son of a b****! Give me one minute with that bastard.” He also added, “What if this happened to you guys?”
Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis addressed the court as Margraves was taken out of the room.
“You cannot behave like that,” she said. “No one can behave like this. I want to make sure it’s crystal clear.”
To this, Margraves responded: “You haven’t lived through it, lady.”
According to CNN, Margraves was detained for a “possible contempt of court proceeding” and brought back to court at the lunch break, during which he explained himself and apologized for his actions.
We went to the podium… in support of the two daughters [who addressed the court today] when I had to hear what was said in those statements and I had to look over at Larry Nassar shaking his head, that’s when I lost control. I feel very remorseful… this cannot be a lawless society, I know that. I lost control but I regained control later in a holding cell.
Cunningham declined to sentence him to any jail time, stating.
I can’t say I understand what it would be like to stand there as father and know that three of your girls were injured physically and emotionally by somebody sitting in the room. I don’t disagree that as a parent and the victims that you want people held accountable. I don’t disagree with that. Use the legal system to do it. Use the system of justice that is here. And there will be the proper punishment. But as for the direct contempt of court there is no way this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case.
Margraves expanded on his apology, saying,
I have the highest and utmost respect for the justice system. I’d like to apologize to everyone in the courtroom and all the officers, they are fine upstanding officers who had to deal with my outburst… I lost control, I apologize 100 times.
He also had a very specific wish for Larry Nassar.
I believe in God almighty. I believe in heaven and hell, and I can only hope that when the day comes that Larry Nassar has ended his days on this Earth that he will be escorted to one of the deepest, darkest, hottest pits in hell there is for him and people like him. I hope there’s a lot of pain attached to it because he certainly left a lot of pain on this Earth.