Judge dismisses Md. ‘joker’ threat case

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A judge has dismissed the case against a Maryland man accused of calling himself a “joker” and threatening to shoot his supervisor.

Prince George’s County District Court Judge Patrice Lewis agreed Tuesday with a defense lawyer’s argument that the court documents charging Neil Prescott are “defective” and unfairly vague in describing the allegations and threw out the case.

Prescott was charged last year with misusing a telephone, a misdemeanor, after police said he told a co-worker that he would shoot his boss. Prescott’s lawyer said he would show that the co-worker thought Prescott was joking.

The “joker” comment prompted concern because of a mass shooting a week earlier during a screening of a Batman movie in Colorado. The character Joker is a notorious villain in the Batman series.

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