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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"JetBlue Flight Attendant Accepts Plea Deal"

The story, from The New York Times, reports that Steven Slater pleaded guilty "to two charges of attempted criminal mischief, one a felony, one a misdemeanor, " and "agreed to enroll in an alternative sentencing program that requires him to undergo mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment for the next year. He must also keep regular appointments with the court to report on his progress."

“He clearly has a mental health-alcohol abuse problem,” [the prosecutor] said. “While his condition does not in my mind justify or excuse his actions, it does to some respect explain them. I think it’s also fair to say Mr. Slater has recognized the seriousness of his actions.”

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