Manhattan prosecutors admit they made 'a dumb mistake' for letting a Madonna-besotted ex-firefighter slip through their fingers by waiting too long to try him - but they want another crack at him anyway.
Robert Linhart had been busted in September 2010 after he twice parked outside the singer’s ninth-floor, Upper West Side apartment, opened cans of paint and started crafting poster-board professions of love.
He was charged with felony weapons possession - for a gravity knife and an awl - and spent several weeks in Rikers, unable to post bail.
The case was dismissed last month for prosecutors’ failure to meet speedy trial deadlines.
A judge yesterday agreed to give the DA another shot.
'If this was John Q Public and not Madonna, they wouldn’t be pushing so hard,' Linhart’s lawyer, Kevin Kitson, told The Post.