Twinkie Defense


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A legal tack used by the defendant in a high-profile criminal trial in San Francisco, who claimed that his actus reus—criminal act—resulted from chemical imbalances induced by ‘junk food’ (Twinkies) and that there was no mens rea—criminal intent
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Milk may be best known as the gay politician who was assassinated in 1978 in San Francisco, prompting the Twinkie Defense.
He tried all the best defenses: the "gloves-are-too-small" defense, the "she-was-just-trying-to-help" defense and, of course, the Twinkie defense.
These excuses range from the Twinkie Defense, a claim of impaired judgment due to the toxic effects of junk food, to claims of psychosexual abuse, to the abuse excuse - that a woman may castrate or shoot a brutal husband even though he is asleep.
Unlike White, whose tape-recorded confession necessitated his infamous Twinkie defense, Dawson relied on an all-white Southern jury who could blind themselves to the video tape of the incident and conclude that the Klansmen were victims acting in self-defense.