Judge won't punish dad who charged at Nassar

Tricia Pearson
February 4, 2018

The dad who tried to attack disgraced sports physician Larry Nassar during a court hearing Friday is getting thousands of dollars in donations as of Saturday.

Nassar, the former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, has pleaded guilty to 10 criminal sexual conduct charges across two Michigan counties.

Margraves moments earlier had asked the judge for five minutes alone with Nassar. Margraves then rushed at Nassar, and was restrained and arrested by court security officials.

The judge refused, riling Margraves to run up and attack Nassar.

Margraves was restrained by sheriff's deputies and hauled out of court.

Margraves then lunged at Nassar, who was sitting nearby.

"One minute!" Margraves demanded repeatedly, his head pinned to the floor.

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"I came here in support of my daughters ..."

Cunningham could have given Margraves a jail sentence or fine as she considered whether to hold him in contempt of court.

Gasps, cries and shouts filled the courtroom as Margraves was wrestled to the floor, knocking items off a desk on the way down before he was handcuffed, while Nassar was whisked to safety.

A newspaper reports that at least 40 girls and women say they were molested by a MI sports doctor over a 14-month period that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware that Larry Nassar had been accused of molesting elite gymnasts. As uniformed officers pulled him from the courtroom, he implored them, "What if this happened to you guys?" He has already been sentenced for up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault and molestation and 60 years for child-pornography charges. "Give me one minute with that bastard". At Nassar's first sentencing hearing last month, his oldest daughter Morgan said her father "went out driving to look for him around East Lansing" after news of his abuse broke. She says the USOC hasn't reached out. "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's here", said Hon.

"There is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment, given the circumstances of this case", Cunningham said.

Cunningham said Nassar didn't authorize the statements and has disavowed them.

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