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Arrest Not One for the Space Lawyers

When an astronaut gets arrested, there is one place a legal-blog-watcher should rocket for perspective: Jesse Londin's blog Space Law Probe. But Londin is quick to point out, this is not a space law case -- it is a criminal law matter.

"And yes, it's also a space-laced psychiatric melodrama, not to mention media sensation of let's just say cosmic proportions, with all the right stuff for an 'over-the-moon' 'galactic love triangle' 'astronauts gone wild,' 'rocketeers behaving badly' (pick your funny headline) bizarre reality show replacement, cable TV movie, and sizzling Court TV trial, but it is not a space law case."

At least, though, we have the out-of-this-world irony of the astronaut's defense counsel assuring the court that she is not a flight risk.

But what if a wayward astronaut someday launches a similar scenario after take-off? "This sort of criminal activity could one day happen, yes, in space," Londin says. If and when that day comes, she advises, "Quick, call a space lawyer."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 8, 2007 at 05:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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