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Father of abuse victims tries to attack Nassar

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/02/18, 11:04 am

A father of three sexual abuse victims tried to attack former sports physician Larry Nassar at a sentencing hearing Friday morning in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar faces his third and final sentencing for abusing young gymnasts. Last week, a judge sentenced him to 40 to 175 years in prison in a different abuse case. The current case deals with his work with an elite gymnastics club called Twistars. After two victims spoke at the hearing Friday morning, Randall Margraves introduced himself as their father and asked for five minutes alone with Nassar. When the judge declined, Margraves lunged at Nassar and was tackled by bailiffs. After Margraves was dragged out of court, Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis addressed the remaining families, saying, “We cannot behave like this. I understand this is a remarkable situation. But you cannot do this. This is not helping your children. This is not helping your community. This is not helping us.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/02/2018 03:42 pm

    I have to disagree with Madam Attorney General:  this Dad’s action is helpful to his daughters’ recovery, and maybe even to that of other victims. There are crimes that deserve a more emotional response than the dry language of a courtroom. 

    Mr. Margraves, I salute you!  I think if I had been a bailiff, my reaction might have been delayed a few seconds. 

  • Joanna and Steve
    Posted: Fri, 02/02/2018 04:50 pm

    How can anyone blame this father, he had 3 daughters that he trusted with this doctor.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 02/02/2018 10:15 pm

    1. We need to leave revenge to God and justice to the duly appointed authorities (and ultimately to God as well). (This reason should be sufficient by itself.) Nassar is already on trial for his despicable actions and has already been sentenced for some of them, so I see no extenuating circumstances in this case.

    2. Imagine the reaction if Nassar was badly hurt in an attack. It might even be possible for him to rally a bit of sympathy with some people, rather than the morality of the situation being as clear as it is.

    3. You want emotional response? Look at video of the first trial. From the clip I saw, the judge was handling it beautifully. There are other emotions besides anger that are appropriate here. Yes, the father should be angry about what happened to his daughters, but he should also model for them how to control anger and not allow it to be the reason for sin.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 04:10 pm

    I imagine Mr. Margraves was 100% aware that he would be restrained before he could harm Nassar. I believe he may have done it for the symbolism of a Father protecting his children. A gesture of support for his daughters. Not revenge but to show his daughters his anguish at what they suffered. 

    That is what I meant by saying Mr. Margrave’s action may be helpful in his daughters’ recovery. Display of righteous anger may be more meaningful than just saying “oh such a bad thing that man did to you.”  But then, I have no education in psychology. I could be totally wrong. 

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Mon, 02/12/2018 11:42 pm

    I am with the Judge and Laura on this one.  Courtrooms intentionally promote cold analysis of facts.  Hot heads impede this process.  If I were the judge, I would have jailed the man for contempt.