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Twinkie defense

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FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY

A slang term for a legal tack used by the defense in a high-profile criminal trial in San Francisco, which claimed that the defendant’s actus reuscriminal act resulted from chemical imbalances induced by junk food, specifically Twinkies and there was no mens rea–criminal intent. 

The Twinkie® argument was supported by the defendant’s psychiatric experts in the trial of Dan White, a San Francisco Supervisor who in 1979 killed Mayor G Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. The contention was that the emotionally-strained White became unbalanced by junk food, citing the consumption of various carbohydrate-rich food products, including doughnuts, candy bars, soft drinks and a proprietary snack cake–Twinkie® for his irrational behaviour. The argument–absurd as it seems–actually worked, but then, it was in California. The ploy reduced White’s conviction from that of 1st-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter, which carries a lesser sentence. 

Synonyms Junk food defence, trash food defence  

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinkie_defense

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