Father of Sex Abuse Victims Tries to Attack Larry Nassar in Court
A father of three sexual abuse victims tried to attack the former Olympic and Michigan State University doctor found guilty of the sex crimes.
The incident took place Friday in a courtroom in Michigan during the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar.
The father was identified as Randall Margraves. Two of his daughters, Lauren and Madison Margraves, had just given their their victim impact statements with their parents by their side. The women said that they and another sister were abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.
After their statements, the father looked at Nassar, shook his head and addressed the court. He called Nassar a profane name. Judge Janice K. Cunningham told the man not to use profanity.
Margraves then asked if Cunningham would give him "five minutes" alone with Nassar in a locked room. When she said she could not, he asked for one minute, and added that he was a distraught father.
He then ran toward Nassar, who was sitting nearby. Courtroom police stopped Margraves before he reached Nassar. They held Margraves on the ground and put him in handcuffs.
As police walked Margraves out of court, Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis advised families in the courtroom to "use your words," not violence.
"This is letting him have this power over us," Povilaitis said. "We cannot behave like this. I understand this is a remarkable situation. But you cannot do this."
Margraves responded, "You haven't lived through it, lady."
Later Friday, Margraves returned to the courtroom, still in handcuffs. He apologized to the judge for losing control. The judge said there was "no way" she would punish Margraves for contempt of court.
Cunningham told Margraves it was in her power to order a jail sentence, fine him thousands of dollars, or both. But, she said, "I don't want to do that."
She told Margraves, "I understand. Well, actually, I don't. I'm a parent. I can't say that I understand. 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 someone sitting in a courtroom. I can't fathom that."
Cunningham also urged Margraves and others in the courtroom to respect the rule of law.
The incident took place during the third and final sentencing hearing for Nassar. The charges in this case center on his work at Twistars, a well-known gymnastics club in Michigan.
Following a similar hearing that ended last week, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail. More than 150 women and girls gave impact statements during sentencing.
Among them were U.S. Olympic gymnasts, including 2012 gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber.
Late last year, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in jail for possession of child pornography.
Nassar, 54, worked with USA Gymnastics for more than 20 years and traveled to four Olympic Games as the team doctor. He was also a longtime doctor at Michigan State University. Both MSU and USA Gymnastics have faced strong criticism for what some call enabling Nassar's abuse for years.
More than 250 women and girls have said Nassar abused them.
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1.found guilty 被判有罪
They were found guilty of murder.
2.be centered on 集中于
Her research is centered on the social effects of unemployment.
3.took place 发生
Another dust-up took place in the teahouse.
4.jail sentence 牢狱之灾
He was given a heavy jail sentence for a whole catalogue of serious crimes.
5.Margraves responded, "You haven't lived through it, lady."
lived through 经历；经受
The children here have lived through unimaginable horrors.
We are too young to have lived through the war.
6.The women said that they and another sister were abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.
under the guise of 假借...之名
A lot of nonsense is talked, under the guise of philosophy.
He cheated us under the guise of friendship.
这位父亲名叫兰德尔·马格拉夫（Randall Margraves） 。他的两个女儿劳伦和麦迪逊在父母的陪同下出庭作证 。两姐妹表示，纳沙打着治疗的幌子性侵了她们和年幼的妹妹 。
女儿陈述结束后，父亲盯着纳沙摇了摇头，接着向法庭陈词 。他高声辱骂了纳沙 。法官贾尼丝·坎宁安（Janice K. Cunningham）警告其不要在法庭说脏话 。
马格拉夫请求坎宁安法官给他5分钟与拉里独处 。遭到法官拒绝后，他又哀求只要1分钟，并表示自己只是一个怒火攻心的父亲 。
然后，他直接冲向坐在一旁的拉里 。庭警迅速出手制止 。他们将马格拉夫按倒在地，并给他戴上手铐 。
庭警将马格拉夫押往庭外时，密歇根州检察官助理安吉拉（Angela Povilaitis）呼吁受害者家属，“用你的言辞制裁犯罪”，而不是以暴制暴 。
安吉拉接着说：“这只会让犯人控制我们 。”“我们不能这样做 。我理解家长们的挫败感，但是你不能这么做 。”
周五晚些时候，马格拉夫回到法庭，仍然戴着手铐 。他为自己的失控行为向法官道歉 。法官表示，不会因藐视法庭罪而起诉他 。
坎宁安法官警告马格拉夫，她有权下令判其监禁、罚款数千美元，或者两罪并罚 。但是“我不想那样做 。”
法官还表示，“我理解 。其实，我说不上完全理解 。虽然我也为人父母 。但我难以体会这种痛苦 。当三个女儿因被告饱受身体和精神上的伤害时，作为父亲站在那里会是什么心情 。我无法感同身受 。”
该事件发生在纳沙第三次和最后一次审判听证会上 。此案的有关指控主要集中于纳沙在美国著名体操俱乐部Twistars任职期间 。
上周的一场听证会结束后，纳沙被判处40到175年的监禁 。150多名妇女和女孩在判决期间出庭作证 。
受害者中不乏美国奥运选手，包括2012年的冠军阿丽·莱斯曼（Aly Raisman）、麦凯拉·马罗尼（McKayla Maroney）和乔婷·韦伯（Jordyn Wieber） 。
现年54岁的纳沙在美国体操协会任职20余年，并作为队医随队参加了四届奥运会 。他还是密歇根州立大学的正式医生 。密歇根州立大学和美国体操协会因多年来“纵容”纳沙犯罪而受到强烈指责 。