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Nowak Pleads Guilty

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by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Not really space law, but notable. From Red Orbit:

Nowak Pleads Guilty, Receives Probation

Posted on: Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 06:06 CST

On Tuesday, former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak pleaded guilty to reduced charges and avoided jail time for her 2007 attack on a romantic rival.

Nowak apologized in court to her victim, which was former Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, before being sentenced to a year on probation.

“I am sincerely sorry to cause fear and misunderstanding and all of the intense public exposure … I hope very much that we can move forward from this in privacy,” Nowak said after the judge directed her to turn and face Shipman.

Nowak drove over 1,000 miles from Houston to Orlando International Airport on February 5, 2007 to assault Shipman with pepper spray. . . . [Full Story]