Ex Astronaut: Pretrial Ankle Bracelet A Costly Drag


Former astronaut Lisa Nowak wants permission to remove the ankle bracelet that allows authorities to track her location as she awaits trial for attacking a romantic rival, saying it is “an unnecessary and excessive expense,” the Associated Pess reports. Nowak is paying $105 a week for the monitoring device as a condition of her release. Nowak argues that the device interferes with her ability to exercise, which is a requirement for a Navy officer, and her ability to drive, fly on a commercial airplane and monitor her children in the pool. “The device is not small, comfortable, lightweight or unobtrusive as its supplier would have one believe,” she says in a court filing.

Nowak is accused of attacking Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman in a parking lot at Orlando International Airport last February. Kepler Funk, an attorney for Shipman, wants to retain the bracelet, saying that “Ms. Shipman still has fear regarding Ms. Nowak.” Nowak’s attorneys say the bracelet’s manufacturer has used her case for publicity in violation of privacy rights. Without naming the company, the motion says its president “invited media to his office and specifically shared what his device could reveal about Lisa Nowak.”

Link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5042646.html

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