Feeds

Wiggy scuffle pampernaut lawyers back in court

Space loverat romanta-dustup evidence appealed

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The legal team of Lisa Nowak, the one-time NASA spacewoman accused of planning to abduct and mishandle a rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, appeared again in court yesterday. Prosecutors were appealing against an earlier decision to throw out most of the evidence in the case.

Florida cops originally braceleted Nowak in an airport carpark after she pepper-sprayed air force officer Colleen Shipman. The stricken airwoman managed to make a getaway to a bus stop, but prosecutors allege that had she not done so the consequences might have been unfortunate.

Nowak was said by police to have stashed various items including an air pistol, a knife, rubbish bags and a mallet in her car, and to have driven cross-country to confront Shipman wearing absorbent space knickers so as to minimise the need for comfort stops. She also disguised herself with a wig and sunglasses before opening up a can of chemical whup-ass on her romantic protagonist.

Nowak and Shipman were said to have vied for the attentions of space shuttle driver Bill Oefelein, a former navy pilot. Oefelein apparently enjoyed both women's affections, perhaps concurrently with those of his wife, while Nowak was still married to another naval officer. The space shuttle love rat then finished with Nowak, prompting the mother of three to take drastic steps.

However, in cuffing the scuffling, trenchcoated, nappy-clad astronaut it appears that the Florida plods neglected to fully inform her of her rights, invalidating most of the evidence they obtained. A beak threw it all out last year, more or less driving a horse and cart through the prosecution case.

In yesterday's hearing, prosecutors attempted to get that ruling overturned. A three-member appeals panel will examine their arguments, but Judge Alan Lawson reportedly said: "I don't see in your additional brief how the trial judge erred."

NASA has drummed Nowak and Oefelein out of the astronaut corps. Both are back with the US navy in holding assignments, awaiting the results of the civil court proceedings. They may subsequently face courts-martial for naval offences such as conduct unbecoming an officer. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER
Forget Sudoku, crunch SHA-256 algos
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault
Tooth embedded in thigh bone may tell who pulled the trigger
DOLPHINS SMELL MAGNETS – did we hear that right, boffins?
Xavier's School for Gifted Magnetotaceans
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
Canberra drone team dances a samba in Outback Challenge
CSIRO's 'missing bushwalker' found and watered
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.