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caffeine defense 

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caffeine defense

FORENSICS

Definition An outlandish legal tack that has been used (thankfully without success) by attorneys representing defendants accused–and later convicted–of a range of crimes, including homicide, hit-and-run car crashes and sexually inappropriate groping.

Comments The defense argues that the perpetrator’s actions were attributable to transient caffeine-induced psychosis (caffeine intoxication), and he should be granted leniency or a reduced sentence. 

The ploy owes its parentage to the successful Twinkie defense used by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White’s legal eagles, to reduce his conviction from first-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter, which carries a lesser sentence. 

Synonyms Caffeine insanity defense, caffeine psychosis

References http://www.fox19.com/story/13210644/closing-arguments-coming-in-caffeine-defense-murder-trialhttp://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/man-caffeinated-psychosis-defense-hit-run/story?id=9306666http://news.yahoo.com/bus-drivers-caffeine-defense-groping-girls-194412703–abc-news-politics.html 

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