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Twinkie Defense

"Affluenza" -- The New "Twinkie"

Joel Cohen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

When defenses like these succeed, they are copycatted. If Ethan Couch can argue that he is the victim of bad parenting, why can't the murderer who was abused by his parents avoid jail time or even conviction ?

PHOTOS: Harvey Milk, George Moscone Remembered After Assassinations

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.29.2012 | San Francisco

November 27 is a sensitive day for San Francisco. Anyone who lived in this city in 1978 remembers that morning, four days after Thanksgiving, when...

Criminal Defenses Blaming Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

If there can be a Twinkie defense, why can't there be one for Zoloft? That appears to be the logic of the defense in the case of Anthony Nicholas Orban, the Westminster, Calif., police detective charged with kidnapping and raping a waitress at gunpoint in 2010.

George Zimmerman's Lawyer Prepares His Twinkie Defense Strategy "The Monty Python Defense"

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Martin Lewis

My client George Zimmerman is a very vulnerable individual weighing only 250 pounds. Fragile and delicate like a petite, gamine ballet dancer. His assailant Trayvon Martin was over 100 pounds lighter -- making him much more agile and dangerous.

Is Soda Making Your Teen Violent?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 12.25.2011 | Parents

Refreshing? Yes. Healthy? Not so much. Soda is filled with caffeine, causes cavities -- and even diet soft drinks have been linked to weight gain. ...

Alexia Moore "Lesbian Defense": Cassandra Malandri, Falynn Rodriguez May Claim Homosexuality In Prostitution Case (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Forget the "Twinkie Defense" -- two strippers charged with prostitution may mount a "lesbian defense" to try to beat the rap. Erotic dancers Cassandr...

Behind the Infamous Twinkie Defense

Paul Krassner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Krassner

In 1979, I covered Dan White's trial for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. During the trial, in my notebook, I scribbled "the Twinkie defense," and wrote about it in my next report.