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VIDEO: Father Goes For Vigilante Justice on Larry Nassar

Brian Taylor

Posted on February 2, 2018 20:49

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Emotions in the Larry Nassar sentencing hearing finally reached a boiling point for one father.

The sentencing phase of the child pornography trial of former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State Doctor Larry Nassar has brought out numerous emotions as countless number of victims have come forward and described the horror that Nassar had put them through and exposed a system that allowed the man to abuse over 250 young women for decades. The details described have been truly sickening and I think I can speak for all of us that whenever we see Nassar's smug face on TV, we wish all that awaits him behind bars upon him and then some. On Friday, one Michigan man became an Internet hero when he jumped the railing in the courtroom and attempted to attack Nassar before being restrained by deputies.   

Many of the comments on the video have been in support of Randall Margraves' actions, and while many of us feel the raw emotion he felt without being connected to the case and can't possibly imagine being in his position, it's also important to listen to the words of Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis from 2:25 on. Her caution to "letting him have this power over us" directly echos that I tell my clients in my "real job" when faced with conflict. It is also what I tell myself when I have a client who is upset with me and lashes out in order to maintain my composure in a difficult situation. While we all felt that emotion (and yes, I'll admit I was hoping he would have gotten at least one good shot in on him), Mr. Margraves is the one who ended up in handcuffs and became the story of the day instead of his daughters, who are the true heroes.

It's also important that we watch "Part Two" of this incident, in which Mr. Margraves appeared before Judge Janice Cunningham, who agreed not to hold Mr. Margraves in contempt of court and release him. Judge Cunningham took the right tone in understanding the position of Mr. Margraves while condemning his actions in that moment. A much more contrite but still (understandably) angry Mr. Margraves also took the right tone and realized that his actions in that moment could have done more harm than good. 

 

Brian Taylor

Posted on February 2, 2018 20:49

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"Grant me five minutes alone in a locked room with this demon," the father said.

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