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TX Judge Expected To Rule In JetBlue Pilot’s Case

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AMARILLO (AP) – A federal judge in Texas was expected to decide whether a JetBlue Airways pilot who disrupted a flight by running through the plane and yelling about terrorists can go free.

A ruling Friday in Amarillo will come months after Clayton Osbon was found not guilty by reason of insanity for his behavior on a March 27 flight from New York to Las Vegas. Osbon had been charged with interference with a flight crew.

The judge could also order Osbon committed to a mental health facility.

A neuropsychologist testified in July that Osbon had a “brief psychotic disorder” brought on by lack of sleep. In August, Osbon had another psychotic episode while in prison for a court-ordered mental evaluation.
U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson then extended Osbon’s evaluation.

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