The defense phase of the trial of Anthony Nicholas Orban begins on Monday, with Mr. Orban’s lawyer presenting evidence that Orban was so overwhelmed by the antidepressant Zoloft that he was not mentally cognizant while the attack was happening. Zoloft carries warnings to users to call a health care provider if they begin “acting aggressively or violent” or “acting on dangerous impulses.” In 2004, a California man was acquitted of attempted murder after using the Zoloft defense.
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