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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Former Cop Will Use ‘Zoloft Defense’ In Disturbing Rape Case
Former cop’s rape trial: Zoloft defense can be used
Accused Rapist Can Use ‘Zoloft Defense’
Anthony Nicholas Orban, Ex-Westminster PD Detective, Blames Rape of Waitress on Meds for Stress
Ex-cop on Zoloft, mentally ‘unconscious’ during rape, lawyer says
Orban defense to feature unusual move
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