Is this actually a fact?

Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2005 07:11 am
This was only said on the TV prog Law and Order but I have noticed that many instances from this show tend to be from real life incidents although they say they are not.

Has there ever been a defence put forward in the USA for a murder committed by someone who claimed to be delusional because of the amount of sugar consumed by eating some form of chocolate?

I realise how daft this sounds but I cant shake this feeling I've seen this somewhere.
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2005 07:31 am

Neither White nor his defense team ever claimed that White's consumption of junk food had wrought psychological or physiological changes in White that caused him to act in way inconsistent with his "normal" behavior when he shot George Moscone and Harvey Milk. White's defense was that he had been suffering from a long-standing and untreated depression that diminished his capacity to distinguish right from wrong, and thus he was not capable of the premeditation required to support a charge of first degree murder. Dr. Martin Blinder was called as a witness by the defense to testify that the conversion of the previously health-conscious White to a diet of Twinkies and other junk foods was evidence of his depression.

I think that you are referring to the "Twinkie Defense". Apparently, according to Snopes, his consumption of the junk food was evidence of the man's depression, not the cause of his actions.
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