Tuesday, June 12, 2007
From thestate.com: University South Carolina School of Law CrimProf Kenneth Gaines recently discussed the S.C. Supreme Court ruling Monday which upheld the double-murder conviction of teenager Christopher Pittman who claimed antidepressants led him to kill his grandparents and set their house on fire when he was 12.
USC CrimProf Kenneth Gaines said the other defendants could have an uphill battle on appeal if they pursues the involuntary intoxication issue, given the ruling in the Pittman case, such as in the case of Columbia estate lawyer H. Dewain Herring who claims that someone slipped him a “date rape” drug that led him to fatally shoot a strip-club manager in January 2006.
“If they gave the same (jury instructions) as they did in Pittman, it doesn’t look very promising for Mr. Herring,” Gaines said. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]