KINGSTON TWP. — A state inmate will face assault charges in Luzerne County Court for spitting at a prison nurse at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas.
Howard Lawson, 47, was charged by state police at Wyoming with two counts of terroristic threats and a single count of aggravated harassment by a prisoner.
State police allege Lawson spat at a nurse who was giving him medication in the prison’s infirmary on June 22, 2013. The nurse testified at Lawson’s preliminary hearing before District Judge James Tupper on Thursday that she continues to be treated and monitored to determine if any diseases were transmitted to her from Lawson’s saliva.
Before the preliminary hearing began, Lawson asked Tupper what his occupation was, and said the court proceeding was in violation of the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions.
Lawson called the proceeding “High Treason.”
Lawson entered the state prison system on June 24, 1986, serving a sentence of 13 years, 7 months to 35 years, six months on a rape conviction in Philadelphia, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.