Law: Pleading PTSD

Novel defense for Viet vets

Michael Tindall got two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two bronze stars and 32 air medals during his year as an Army helicopter pilot in Viet Nam. Now he faces a September trial in Boston, where his attorney, Joseph Oteri, will use footage from The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now to try to convince a federal jury that even if Tindall did smuggle drugs into the U.S. nearly six years ago, as the Government contends, he should not be held responsible. The reason: the war turned his client into an "action junkie" unable to resist opportunities to enjoy thrills.


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