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Judge refuses to seal record of astronaut felon

/ Source: The Associated Press

An Orlando judge has denied a request from former astronaut Lisa Nowak to have her criminal record sealed.

Judge Marc Lubet on Thursday dismissed Nowak's argument that keeping the file open would hinder her ability to find a job.

The judge said it was likely any employer will have heard about Nowak's bizarre airport attack on a romantic rival, given the media attention it received.

Nowak was sentenced in 2009 to a year of probation after pleading guilty to burglary charges. She had originally been charged with attempted kidnapping and burglary, which are felonies, and misdemeanor battery.

Nowak was accused of confronting Colleen Shipman at the Orlando International Airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston. Shipman had begun dating Nowak's love interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.