If the Twinkie Causes Fits, You Must Acquit

Ally McBeal writers alert! Reality is stealing your material. Last week a Miami teen claimed an Internet addiction rendered him unaware of the consequences of a threatening e-mail he sent to a Columbine High student. Will it wash in court? It's unlikely, but not unprecedented.

Twinkie Defense, 1977 --Dan White, a San Francisco supervisor, claimed sugary foods--such as Hostess Twinkies--put him into a heightened emotional state when he killed Mayor George Moscone and fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk. Verdict: guilty, but on the reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter. Rioting ensues.

Prozac Defense I, 1991 --Kathy Willets said Prozac caused the nymphomania that...

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