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JetBlue pilot: Not guilty, rules judge (+video)

A judge in Texas has ruled that Clayton Osbon was insane when he caused the emergency landing of a JetBlue plane. Passengers on that flight are now suing the company for negligence. 

The JetBlue captain who suffered the mid air meltdown was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
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A Texas judge on Tuesday found a JetBlue pilot insane and not guilty of interfering with a flight after his bizarre behavior forced an emergency landing in March.

Clayton Osbon, 49, had been charged with interference with a flight crew and could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

Court documents show U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson in Amarillo, Texas, received a report from a psychological examination that concluded, "at the time of the commission of the offense, the defendant appeared to suffer from a severe mental disease or defect that impaired his ability to appreciate the nature, quality, or wrongfulness of his behavior."

All parties, including the prosecutors, agreed to the report.

Last month, Judge Robinson declared Osbon fit to stand trial, saying he was "not now suffering from a mental disease or defect" that would make it impossible for him to assist in his own defense.

Osbon had been examined by a government-appointed psychologist who did not address whether he was sane at the time of the March 27 incident.


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