“Not Guilty by Reason of Caffeine”

by Walter Olson on September 21, 2010

“Reports today say that a 33-year-old Kentucky man will argue in his murder trial this week that he should be found not guilty of killing his wife because he was under the influence of caffeine at the time.” [Lowering the Bar] Update: Lawyer doesn’t mention caffeine theory on trial’s first day [ABA Journal] From commenter Shtetl G: “I would be more sympathetic if he claimed lack of caffeine caused the murder.”

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1 robozo 09.21.10 at 9:51 am

and when they ban the coffee, only criminals will have coffee…

2 Richard Nieporent 09.21.10 at 10:01 am

If he had a Twinkie with his coffee he is guaranteed to be acquitted.

3 Shtetl G 09.21.10 at 11:13 am

I would be more sympathetic if he claimed lack of caffeine caused the murder. I know I shouldn’t be held responsible for my actions before I have a cup of joe in the morning.

4 Peter K. 09.21.10 at 9:14 pm

Was it the flavor chrystals in the Folger’s freeze-dried?

5 Robert 09.21.10 at 11:40 pm

You have to give him, and his attorney, credit for trying!

6 Doug 09.22.10 at 9:38 am

No Robert, I won’t give them credit for trying. This kind of crap mucks up the system and leaves people to believe that system is far worse than it is.

7 Bumper 09.22.10 at 10:57 am

Yet another chapter in the affect of Stella Liebeck on the American judicial system.

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