Judge Allows Zoloft Defense in CA Rape Case


A former southern California police detective and Iraq war veteran charged with rape will be allowed to argue that an over-prescription of antidepressants for combat-related PTSD left him “mentally unconsciousness.” “But for the use of Zoloft, Mr. Orban would not have committed these acts” his lawyer asserted to the court. “…This was totally out of character.” If found not guilty according to this defense, Orban would face an indefinite sentence in a state mental hospital.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]


  1. The irony… is making me head hurt. If he’s found not guilty, he’s going to a mental hospital for an indefinite period of time, where he will be forced to take all sorts of drugs, which his defense would have successfully argued were what was responsible for the crime in the first place… Wow.