now and then in the news we here about these outrageous excuses people
use in their own defense at a highly publicized trials and some of them
get away with it. So it time to start posting excuses in the defense
category. Defense excuses could even be excuse people give in their
defense of and given set of circumstances. It doesn't have to be just
trial related excuses. Well if you have any excuses to add to this
category, just visit the
page and send them in!
1. URBAN SURVIVAL SYNDROME - A fear that inner-city residents
have of other people in their same area. Used in a case where a
black 18-year-old shot two blacks in a Fort Worth parking lot in
2. THE TWINKIE DEFENSE - High sugar levels caused by too much
junk food consumption compounded by manic depression. Defense used
by Dan White to explain why he killed city mayor George Moscone and
gay board member Harvey Milk.
3. BLACK RAGE - A type of insanity caused by prolonged racial
prejudice in the United States. Used to defend Colin Ferguson, who
is black, for killing four whites and two Asian-Americans on a Long
Island Railroad train.
4. ANAL RETENTIVENESS - When highly ambitious, hypercritical
people cannot relax and don't trust others to do work assigned to
them. Considered to be a defense for professionals that fail to
file their income taxes on time.
5. My defense excuse for attempted murder with an automobile
was that I didn't have the stopping distance when I saw the
pedestrian in question crossing the street and I didn't like the guy
so had trouble resisting the urge not to give a damn about running
him over in my land rover.
6. Defense excuse for necrophilia: Sorry your Honor but I
thought it was an extra small bed with a lid, she didn't tell me to
stop and any way the padding reminded me of my cell.
7. When Mitcheal Trumble, Joshua Centrone, Cassie Hudson and
William J. Reeves were arrested in connection with the arson of the
Gobind Sadan Sikh Temple in Palermo, New York, they said that they
thought it was a Muslim mosque and that it was called "Go Bin Laden"
["4th Teen Charged in Temple Case" by Chris Iven, Syracuse Post
Standard, 22 February 2002; "Metro Briefing New York: Palermo:
Damaged Temple Is Razed", New York Times, Section B, Page 8, Column
5, 22 February 2002].
8. We've made our mistakes, we realize
that, and we wouldn't do it again. It was just, you know, a little
-- a little, you know, brain fart thing that happened." (Peter
Magnotti, explaining his 3-week violent crime spree with three other
teenagers in April of 1996 in Florida. The crime spree included the
torching of caged birds in a restaurant, arson of a factory, armed
robbery of a restaurant where one of the teenagers worked, and the
murder of high school teacher Mark Schwebes. In order to avoid the
death penalty, Magnotti plea bargained for a 32 year sentence. Two
of his teenage accomplices agreed to sentences of life without
parole, and the fourth, Kevin Foster, was sentenced to death.)
["Lords of Chaos: Teenage Violence in Our Society," Dateline NBC, 9
9. A woman murders her husband and then
continues on a killing spree for about a week. When finally caught
and charged, she was given an attorney. Her excuse was, "I was under
the influence of PMS and CMS (current menstrual syndrome)."
10. My husband gave the best excuse I've
ever heard: When asked if he could be impartial by the defense on a
child abuse case, he said simply: "Where there's smoke, there's
11. The money I embezzled from my aunt's
trust account was used to maintain the affluent lifestyle for my
wife and family that I could not sustain after my retirement from my
law firm. I knew I had done a terrible thing, but could not stop
because I feared that a scaled-back lifestyle would jeopardize my
marriage (he was disbarred from the practice of law) [Matter of
Allan L. Blumstein, 801 N.Y.S.2d 299, 2005 NY Slip Op 6886, 2005
N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 9468 (1st Dept. 2005).].
12. I knew that using courthouse computers
to view pornography was inappropriate on several levels but the
pressures of my judicial position and my volunteer commitments at my
church led me to continue the activity (the judge was removed from
the bench by the Kansas Supreme Court) [Matter of George R.
Robertson, 120 P.3d 790 (Kans. 2005).].
13. My guilty plea was invalid because it
was made under post-traumatic stress from my pre-trial incarceration
at Riker's Island, where they failed to provide me adequate drugs
and hormones prescribed as part of my gender transformation, and
they classified me as a male while in custody [People v. Mariah
Lopez, 2006 NY Slip Op 50656U, 2006 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 853, N.Y.L.J.,
22 May 2006, p. 22, col. 1 (N.Y.C. Crim. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2006).].
14. When my ex-husband cheated on me he tried to convince me
and himself that it was MY fault. I told him that I didn't tie him
up and drive him to her house. How stupid.
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