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JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater's head being examined to avoid jail

Is anybody shocked that Steven Slater's head is being examined? While we all think know he's nuts, this step is necessary for the criminal case that's in the works. Remember: while the former JetBlue flight attendant was becoming a hero to airline employees across the country, he broke the law several times over, putting some of those very employees at risk of injury or death.

Attorneys on both sides of the Slater issue say they are working on a deal – and that Slater might be able to avoid jail time through alternative sentencing. Slater's sudden realization that he needs his sanity checked out may be a sign that he's coming to his senses:

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Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Slater's willingness to be evaluated shows he's taking the charges more seriously than he had in the past. Slater had spoken out after the incident, as his public opinion swelled and hundreds of thousands of fans online cheered him for standing up to the inhospitable world of airline travel.

Daniel J. Horwitz, Slater's attorney, seems to be bolstering the results of an evaluation that hasn't even come yet by citing the pressures his client is experiencing, including a terminally ill mother, recently deceased father and HIV positive diagnosis for Slater. He has his fingers crossed, so to speak, that prosecutors will consider Slater's "long-standing and well-regarded reputation in the industry," but that might not be a good idea, given that the permanently former flight attendant (it seems) has had a few issues with honesty in the past.

If the alternative sentencing deal comes through, Slater could wind up spending only a few weeks in treatment. Then, he can move on to that reality show.

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