Charges filed in Michigan courtroom attack seen on video

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Joshua Harding

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man caught on courtroom video trying to attack a Michigan prosecutor with a piece of metal has been charged with terrorism and attempted murder.

The incident occurred in August in a Lansing-area courtroom, where Joshua Harding was on trial for sexual abuse. The video shows the prosecutor getting out of the way at the last second while a police detective tackles Harding.

The metal shank was concealed in his sleeve.

The attorney general’s office announced charges Thursday against the 35-year-old Harding and says a terrorism charge is allowed in the case of a violent felony that could affect the conduct of government. A defense attorney hasn’t been assigned yet.

Harding was sentenced this week to about 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl in a cemetery.

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  • Duchess

    Just curious – how did this guy smuggle the shank in his sleeve in the first place? Aren’t prisoners frisked before they get cuffs put on to go to court??