Nowak to Argue Temporary Insanity

Ex-astronaut's lawyer says he may cite mental disorder
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 28, 2007 4:01 PM CDT
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak, left, looks on along with her attorney Cheney Mason during a hearing at the Orange County courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 24, 2007. Nowak, accused of attacking a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Former astronaut Lisa Nowak will plead temporary insanity if she goes to trial on kidnapping and assault charges next month. A notice her lawyer filed today says she was experiencing a major depressive disorder when she attacked her ex-lover's girlfriend at the Orlando airport in February, the Sentinel reports.

The notice cites a litany of mental disorders, including depression, OCD, and Asperger's. "Even the most naive observer should recognize that Lisa Nowak's behavior was uncharacteristic and unpredicted for such an accomplished person," said her lawyer. It may not come to that—he still plans to argue that police violated Nowak's constitutional rights during the investigation.