Texas Judge Frees JetBlue Pilot Who Disrupted Flight

A federal judge in Texas Friday ruled that a JetBlue pilot who disrupted a flight as he ran through the plane yelling about terrorists can go free.

Clayton Osbon (File)

AMARILLO (November 9, 2012)—U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ruled Friday in Amarillo that a JetBlue Airways pilot who disrupted a flight by running through the plane and yelling about terrorists can go free.

The ruling comes 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 was originally charged with interference with a flight crew.

A neuropsychologist testified at the bench trial 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 mental evaluation, which Robinson ordered.

Robinson extended the evaluation before issuing her latest ruling Friday.


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