According to an article written by Allana Akhtar, USA TODAY, July 26, 2016, lawyers everywhere are warning people thatusing Pokémon Go as an excuse for any and all criminal activities, albeit a misdemeanor or felony, will not be given any preferential treatment in the court system. To date, “Pokémon Go has led to muggings, car crashes, cliff rescues — and now a shooting,” states USA TODAY writer, Steph Solis, July 18, 2016.
“It’s only a matter of time until one of these crimes is tried in court and using Pokémon Go as a defense won’t help wrongdoers avoid punishment, said Loretta Flowers with a Denton, Texas law firm. But wait, a shooting did occur. A distraught homeowner in Palm Coast, Florida opened fire on two suspicious teens in a car at 1:30 am, who apparently were on a Pokémon hunt. I wonder if he could use Pokémon Go for his actions against these two teens.
In fact, there are other similar incidents writes Ms. Ahkter, who recants a story about two teens (females) from Colorado, who robbed a convenience store, shot the clerk and proclaimed massive brainwashing had occurred from watching the movie, “Natural Born Killers.” Nice try. The excuse was offered up as a defense, though. Watch the video.
But here’s the most extreme excuse of all times, and I am sure most of you won’t remember this one; it’s called, The Twinkie (murder) Defense.” In a nut shell, according to David Mikkleson for Snopes.com, who writes about this famous murder case. “Twinkies made him do it,” claimed Dr. Blinder for Dan White’s defense, who suggested an ‘aggravated chemical imbalance in White’s brain,” or as his lawyers argued “a habit of feasting on junk food had left him (White) with diminished capacity for reason.” In 1978 Mr. White shot the San Francisco Mayor, George Moscone and his assistant, Harvey Milk. The Twinkie Defense worked! Dan White received a diminished sentence for his diminished capacity for the dual murders – whatever!
The “Twinkie Defense” is now a widespread and commonly-recognized term. It is also based on something that never happened.”
Look at this little fella. Could anyone possibly blame their wrong-doings on this make-believe character?
We’ll just have to wait-and-see. The game is just beginning. It’s sad to say though, the trend line is pointing to a Pokémon Defense that could rival The Twinkie Defense – Players Beware!
By Sharla Esparza