Closing Arguments Start Today in California “Zoloft Defense” Case

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The trial of former California police officer Anthony Orban for rape goes to closing arguments today. Orban is pleading “not guilty by reason of unconsciousness,” claiming that Zoloft rendered him unaware of his actions. “I knew exactly what it was. It was the medication,” Orban told a California CBS news affiliate.

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Kermit Cole
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]

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