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  •  That sounds like a defense from Monty Python, (2+ / 0-)
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    yet in California, didn't Dan White get basically a mere 5 year sentence for killing the  San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and the Mayor, George Moscone based on the "Twinkie" defense that the junk food made him do it?  Apparently, even the most specious legal defense has a chance of winning in California, so why not argue something completely crazy.  Someone out there might buy it>

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:00:52 AM PST

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    •  Dan White, at the time, (1+ / 0-)
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      was a sympathetic figure to the public. Harvey Milk, not so much. Dan White was part of the working class, Irish, traditional old-guard of San Francisco. Harvey Milk was one of...those people, just pushing their way in and changing the whole culture of the City to suit THEM. Sure, murder is wrong, but you could sure understand why he did it, right? You could put yourself in the place of the poor guy pulling the trigger.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:28:34 PM PST

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      •  I can understand why White did it ...... (0+ / 0-)

        White Privilege!  Dan White decided to undo the choice of the voters by assassinating the leadership of San Francisco, by a political decapitation to unseat the established power structure that he happened not to like.  Had he been black, as in a member of the Black Panther Party, he would have been set up for a State and or Federal death squad, but because he was white, he got off with 5 years and the Twinkie defense.  No matter how sympathetic he was, I cannot see a jury outside of California buying that argument.  

        A California jury also set OJ free too, so I guess crazy juries work both ways in the Golden State.  

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 03:58:55 PM PST

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