Time Running Out To Prosecute Knife-Wielding Madonna Fan
New York prosecutors have been given two weeks to file weapons charges against an overzealous Madonna fan or have the case dismissed for the second time.
Robert Linhart was arrested in September, 2010 after he was found carrying a pocket knife while loitering outside the Material Girl's New York home with large posters as he professed his love for the superstar. Police also allegedly found an ice pick in his car.
Linhart was subsequently booked for criminal weapons possession, resisting arrest, making graffiti and possessing a graffiti instrument. He pleaded not guilty to the first two counts and a grand jury declined to indict him on the latter.
But authorities failed to move fast enough for a speedy trial and the remaining charges were dismissed by a New York judge in March.
However, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bonnie Wittner reversed the decision on May 1 and agreed to let the District Attorney retry the case.
And in a hearing on Tuesday, the judge set the deadline for June 13 after acknowledging that the 180 days prosecutors had initially been given to bring the retired firefighter to trial was not enough, according to TMZ.com.
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