Judge throws out terrorism charge in courtroom attack

MASON (AP) — A judge has dismissed a terrorism charge against a man caught on courtroom video trying to attack a Lansing-area prosecutor with a metal shank hidden in his sleeve.

The decision handed down by Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette last week leaves intact two other charges against 35-year-old Joshua Harding of Okemos. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of assault with intent to murder and possession of a weapon in jail.

A state Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman told the Lansing State Journal prosecutors are reviewing the ruling.

The August 2 courtroom incident occurred while Harding was on trial for sexual abuse. The video shows a prosecutor eluding him while a police detective tackles Harding. Harding subsequently was sentenced to 19 to 38 years.