JACKSON, Mich. – An agitated Michigan judge who threw off his robe and helped restrain a defiant man in his courtroom says he was concerned about the safety of the man and a court officer.
The incident involving Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain took place last December during a hearing about a personal protection order violation.
The judge originally sentenced the man to spend three days in jail, but that quickly jumped to 93 days when the man continued to aggravate the judge.
McBain had just ordered the man to jail, but the man resisted efforts by the officer to handcuff him.
“Tase his ass right now,” the judge shouted as he rushed toward Jacob Larson, who had been talking back to the judge and blamed his alleged stalking behavior on the woman he was pursuing, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reports.
McBain told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that the man was “totally disturbing the decorum of the court.” The newspaper published video of the confrontation online.
Jackson County Chief Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson says McBain’s actions were allowable.
Wilson says: “A judge has the power to take whatever action is necessary to maintain order in the courtroom.”