February 17, 2009

Charges dropped against ‘Batman’ in Fla.

A Florida judge has tossed charges against a man who refused orders from police to remove his custom-made Batman mask.

The judge dismissed the two misdemeanor charges against Walsh Ian Nichols and ordered Tampa, Fla., police to return his Batman cowl, The Tampa Tribune reported Tuesday.

Nichols had been charged with wearing a mask in public after he was arrested while eating sushi outside of a club in Tampa's Tbor City neighborhood. A police sergeant had allegedly encountered him weeks earlier and ordered him to unmask.

He was also charged with driving a motorcycle without the proper license, the newspaper said.

Hillsborough County Judge John Conrad granted a motion to dismiss the charges after prosecutors said they wouldn't oppose the move.

I am looking forward to celebrating my legal victory, Nichols told the Tribune. With my mask on.