February 14, 2007 |
WE BECAME ODDLY ENERGIZED when Lisa Marie Nowak, an astronaut with a sterling record, drove nearly 1,000 miles to attack Colleen Shipman, a woman Nowak believed was a rival for the man she loved. Nowak was charged with attempted murder, and her alleged "kill kit" contained a knife, 3 feet of hose, garbage bags, a BB gun and, most ominously, a steel mallet. Jealousy is possibly the most destructive emotion housed in the human brain.
February 12, 2007
Re "What makes an astronaut crack?" Opinion, Feb. 9 I am surprised and insulted by the tone of Homer Hickam's piece. Although I appreciate Hickam's "inside" point of view, I can't help but feel that he is suggesting we excuse Lisa Marie Nowak's behavior because she is a victim of "tremendous and unnecessary pressures" in her role as astronaut. The rigors of the job require that astronauts be able to handle terrific pressure under extreme circumstances. Not everyone is cut out to be an astronaut.
February 8, 2007
Re "In San Francisco, mayor's troubles not just personal," Feb. 7 The contrast and similarity between San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Rep. Mark Foley could not be clearer. Both sought rehab, claiming some sort of immunity from the lousy choices they have made as if they had no ability to deal with their problems. Foley didn't touch anybody, but he resigned (or was hounded out of office, one could legitimately say). Newsom backstabs a close associate, drifts away from fulfilling his duties and continues his term, waiting for the tide to ebb so he can continue as a "darling" Democrat.
February 7, 2007 |
Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak could face serious legal trouble aside from the charges leveled against her in criminal court. As an active-duty Navy captain, Nowak is subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. That means Navy authorities could claim jurisdiction and court-martial Nowak for conduct unbecoming an officer. Legal experts say that is not likely. Usually, the Navy defers to civilian authorities in these cases and takes appropriate action after the civilian legal process is complete.
August 31, 2007 |
Former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak can remove an electronic monitoring bracelet from her ankle while she awaits trial on charges she attacked a romantic rival, a judge ruled Thursday. Nowak had argued that the bracelet was expensive, bulky, uncomfortable and prevented her from exercising, as required of a military officer. Judge Marc L. Lubet said that those claims did not matter, but that Nowak had behaved well enough over the last seven months to remove the device.
April 6, 2007 |
The judge presiding over the trial of fired astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak asked lawyers Thursday to limit media contact, and temporarily sealed some documents. Nowak is accused of trying to kidnap a woman she considered a rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections. The case has drawn international attention, and Orange County Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet said he was "just trying to keep the media frenzy down to a dull roar."