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Judge: ‘No way’ she’ll punish victims’ father who rushed at Nassar

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. -- A judge says there's "no way" she'll punish the father of three Larry Nassar survivors after he charged at the disgraced former sports doctor Friday in Eaton County court.

Randall Margraves apologized for the incident after being brought into court during a break in the Nassar proceedings.

Judge Janice Cunningham says a punishment isn't appropriate based on the crimes committed by Nassar and the anguish felt by families.

"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's "not acceptable that we combat assault with assault."

"I cannot tolerate or condone vigilantism or any other type of action that basically comes down to an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," Cunningham said.

Margraves rushed and tried to attack Nassar Friday after the judge declined his request for "five minutes" alone with the "demon" in a locked room. He was blocked by an attorney and tackled by sheriff's deputies.

The hearing in Eaton County focuses on Nassar’s work with Twistars, an elite Michigan gymnastics club. More than 30 victims have given statements so far during the hearing, which began Wednesday and is expected to stretch into next week.

During a similar hearing in Ingham County that ended last week, more than 150 girls and women came forward to say Nassar abused them under the guise of medical treatment while he worked with Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. He was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in that case. He had already been sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

RELATED: Father who lunged at Larry Nassar in court: I want to make it clear I’m no hero

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  • Clucko

    And now, WOOD is holding a news conference for the offended father. A news conference! I can understand his anger, but this is little more than an unjustified ‘look at me’ moment regardless of who called for it. The law’s the law.

  • paul

    whos place is it to decide if that behaviour is ok or not.. if u or i had a physical altercation in a court of law.. we would be behind bars.. This whole Nassar thing is blown way out of proportion. Now even the judge herself… is teetering on criminal injustice. And do i hear she wants to make a run at a higher court?? Thatr angry father would have belted Nassar in the jaw im sure.. as i would have…. well maybe not.. as i reserve punishment to a “higher court”. Shame on this woman for not upholding the laws of the land.. and maybe the next fool who attacks someone ina courtroom wont be so lucky.. and just be able to say “im sorry judge”