Balloon Family Feels 'Under Siege': Lawyer

Lawyer says stunt has turned into a "nightmare for the family."
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2009 4:56 PM CDT
Richard Heene, center, returns to the family's home in Fort Collins,, Colo., late on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – Richard and Mayumi Heene are likely regretting the hoax they staged using their 6-year-old son and a balloon: With criminal charges looming and public opinion turning against them, the family feels “under siege,” their lawyer said today. The FAA has opened an investigation into the incident; it has jurisdiction because the hoax caused delays in flights out of Denver International. Local police will probably bring charges next week, USA Today reports.