WATCH: Judge doffs robe, helps subdue man in court

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – He’s a judge who has a reputation for being outspoken. Now, Jackson Circuit Court Judge John McBain has taken that to a new level.

Video provided to WLNS by Chief Judge Thomas Wilson shows an increasingly aggravated McBain dealing with a defiant man during a personal protection order violation hearing.

Jacob Larson had been talking back to the judge and blamed his alleged stalking behavior on the woman he was pursuing.

McBain had originally ordered the man to spend three days in jail.

That quickly escalated to 93 days as Larson continued to aggravate the judge during the December hearing.

Then it took another turn when Larson struggled while being restrained. That’s when McBain shed his robe and helped subdue Larsen.

McBain said afterward that he does not tolerate disruptions in his courtroom. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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