Zoloft defense fails in cop’s rape trial

Jun 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Bad Apples, Courts
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A jury deliberated less than one day before finding former LAPD detective Nicholas Orban guilty of various sexual offenses including rape and kidnapping.  The defense admitted he committed the acts, but asserted that he was under the influence of Zoloft and was therefore not responsible for his actions.

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4 Comments to “Zoloft defense fails in cop’s rape trial”

  1. Howie Katz says:

    Zoloft, Twinkies, Donuts – why not use the milk defense? After all, everyone started out on milk. When we say that marijuana is a Gateway Drug, the potheads come back with milk as the gateway to everything. So, instead of (the TV ad) “Got Milk?”….. blame milk.

  2. Alley Cat says:

    Sounds just like the Dan Brown “Twinkie Defense” when he murdered openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvery Milk.

    • Howie Katz says:

      But the ‘Twinkie Defense’ worked.

    • Gadfly says:

      In Mister Orban’s case (as posited by Bob), three things would make the “Twinkie Defense” implausible before a jury: 1) His was a cop and most citizens hold law enforcement to a much higher standard under the law; 2) Diminished capacity is not a defense under California State law (whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs); and 3) Everyone knows cops eat donuts, not Twinkies. Maybe he can appeal on the grounds his lawyer should have known better and thus was incompetent in offering such a defense.

      The truth of the matter is when the evidence is so overwhelming, to admit before a jury that you are guilty is clearly a death knell for the defense in the vast majority of cases. The Twinkie Defense was an anomaly.