Next step for the pilots is their testimony in the case, scheduled to take place in Brazil on August 27. But while the judge has scheduled the pilots to testify at this time, the question remains whether they’ll be required to return to Brazil to do so. According to Joel Weiss, the attorney for the pilots, the issue comes down to an extradition treaty between the U.S. and Brazil.
Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, and Arvel Reeves, previous owner of one-time aircraft services firm Executive Aviation Logistics, admitted guilt in a plea bargain on federal charges of secretly videotaping entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.
New York’s state Senate passed a bill making it a crime to fly an aircraft with a blood alcohol content of .04 or above, similar to laws covering drunk driving. State law prohibits drunk piloting, but there are no penalties. The bill now goes to the state assembly for consideration. If passed and signed by the governor, the first violation would be punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of between $1,000 and $2,500.
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