Bloomberg | April.18.2012
This article, about JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon's insanity defense, quotes Sacramento white collar and corporate investigations partner Greg Scott.
If the case follows the typical pattern of defense by insanity, prosecutors must still prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and Mr. Osbon will formulate an argument that “negates that conduct in some legal way,” said McGregor Scott, a former federal prosecutor and partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Mr. Osbon may agree to admit that he committed the acts prosecutors describe so he can focus exclusively on his insanity defense, Mr. Scott said. The strategy “avoids the risk of inflaming the jury” through passenger testimony of how Mr. Osbon threatened their safety, he said.