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27Jun/12Off

Zoloft Insanity Defense Rejected By Jury

An Iraq war veteran and former Westminster police detective may face life in prison after a San Bernardino County jury rejected his claim that Zoloft made him kidnap and rape a waitress.

In 2010, Anthony Orban kidnapped a waitress, who worked in a restaurant at Ontario Mills, as she walked to her car. He forced her to drive to Fontana where they stopped at a self-storage lot. While they were parked, Orban brutally raped and tormented her with his service weapon. When Orban was distracted by an incoming call on his mobile phone, she jumped out of her car and ran to a nearby liquor store. The gun, which had his name on it, was left in the victim’s car.

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English: frhde hdres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Orban claimed on the witness stand that he had no memory of the attack and blamed his psychotic break on Zoloft. Orban also testified that the popular antidepressant caused him to hallucinate. He even had suicidal thoughts and fantasies about killing his wife and dog.

Composed of four men and eight women, the jury deliberated for two days before reaching their verdict. Two weeks ago, the same jury found Orban guilty of kidnapping, rape and several counts of sexual assault. They dismissed his claim that Zoloft had rendered him mentally unconscious and not responsible for his actions.

Zoloft was central to the defense in both the criminal trial and the sanity phase of the trial. Orban’s defense attorney tried to persuade the jury that his client couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong because of Zoloft. The defense argued that Orban should be sent to a state mental hospital for treatment instead of prison.

Orban, who will be formally sentenced in August, could face a stiff prison sentence of more than 200 years because he used a firearm during the kidnapping.

Experts on both sides of the case believe that Orban suffered some form of blackout during the incident, but they disagree on what triggered it.

The defense claims that the blackout was triggered by Zoloft. The prosecution argues that the blackout was more attributable to alcohol.

The day of the attack, Orban and one of his loser friends went barhopping at Ontario Mills. The pair ordered two pitchers of beer and eight margaritas between them. Didn’t they know that mixing alcohol types is a recipe for disaster?

Under California law, a blackout caused by alcohol does not meet the criterion for legal insanity because it is considered voluntary intoxication.

Manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Zoloft has been prescribed for depression since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1991. Millions of people take Zoloft every day. It’s a relatively safe drug.

There is no way that Zoloft caused Orban to kidnap and rape his victim. Drugs like Zoloft, however, can cause serious birth defects. If you were taking Zoloft while you were pregnant and the child was born with a birth defect, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

21Jun/12Off

Former Detective Has No Memory Of Brutal Rape

An Iraq war veteran and former Westminster police detective convicted of kidnapping and rape broke down on the witness stand Wednesday, claiming that he had no memory of the attack because he was taking Zoloft.

Anthony Orban told jurors in a San Bernardino County courthouse that he couldn’t imagine kidnapping and raping another person.

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English: frhde hdres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Orban hoped to persuade the jury that he was legally insane when he abducted a waitress from a parking lot at Ontario Mills and then raped her near a self-storage lot in Fontana.

The prosecutor was relentless in her cross-examination as she attempted to cast doubt on Orban’s claim that Zoloft made him do it.

San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Debbie Ploghaus also asked him about the victim’s testimony in which she said that Orban put his service weapon into her mouth and had taken pictures of her with his mobile phone as he brutally raped her.

Orban responded that he wasn’t denying her testimony. He just didn’t remember. Who knew that Zoloft could make you forget about raping a woman?

The defense, who has the burden of proof in the sanity phase of the trial, argued that Orban couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong because of the effects of Zoloft. As a result, Orban is not responsible for his actions.

The convicted rapist was prescribed Zoloft as he struggled to come to terms with his depression, financial problems and failing marriage. He stopped taking Zoloft for about a month and then resumed taking his medication less than a week before he raped his victim.

After he stopped taking his medication, he heard voices in his head. He also contemplated killing himself, his wife and his dog.

The jury summoned with the task of ruling on Orban’s sanity is the same one that dismissed his claims that Zoloft was to blame for his actions last week when they found him guilty. Now it is up to the jury to decide if Orban was insane. If the jury finds that he was insane, Orban would be sent to a state mental hospital for treatment. If the jury finds that he was sane, Orban could face life in prison.

Is Orban insane? Probably. Only an insane person would come up with such a ridiculous explanation to excuse his criminal behavior. Should Orban face life in prison? Under normal circumstances, it would depend on a variety of factors. In this case, Orban should face life in prison because he is a danger to society.

Orban is responsible for his actions regardless of whether or not he could tell the difference between right and wrong. There is no way that an antidepressant drug would ever force Orban to rape his victim. Drugs like Zoloft, however, can cause serious birth defects. If you or someone you love was taking Zoloft while pregnant and the child was born with a birth defect, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve.

20Jun/12Off

Former Cop Fell Apart After Taking Zoloft

An Iraq War veteran and former Westminster police detective convicted of kidnapping and raping a waitress in Fontana took the witness stand for the first time on Tuesday in an effort to persuade a jury that he was insane at the time of the attack because he was taking Zoloft.

Anthony Orban told the juror in the San Bernardino County courthouse that he was “falling apart” in the months preceding the attack. His home was foreclosed and his marriage was on the rocks. Orban was so depressed, he turned to alcohol to numb the pain.

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English: frhde hdres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of his testimony on Tuesday was about the stress he faced as a Marine and as a police officer. On Wednesday, he discussed the kidnapping and rape, and told jurors that he simply couldn’t imagine doing this to anybody.

Dr. Peter Breggin, a New York psychiatrist who is a critic of psychotropic medications, was one of the main witnesses for the defense. He said that Orban believed he was possessed by demons and contemplated killing himself, his wife and their dog. He also said that a cadaver had a conversation with Orban.

Breggin told jurors that Orban stopped taking Zoloft and then resumed it at full dose five days before the attack, provoking a psychotic break in which he was delirious and not fully aware of his actions.

Last week, the same jury found Orban guilty of kidnapping and multiple counts of rape and sexual assault, rejecting the defense claims that Zoloft made him do it.

During the sanity phase of the trial, the defense has the burden to prove that Orban lacked the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

If the jury finds him not guilty by reason of insanity, Orban would be sent to a state mental hospital for treatment where he could eventually be released. If he is determined to be sane, Orban could face a life sentence in prison.

The victim, who was 25 at the time and working as a waitress at Ontario Mills, testified that Orban kidnapped her as she walked to her car in the parking lot and then forced her to drive to a self-storage lot in Fontana where he raped her. The woman escaped when Orban was distracted by an incoming call on his mobile phone. Police later found Orban’s service weapon – with his name on it – in the victim’s car.

Even if Orban couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong because he was taking Zoloft, he is still responsible for his actions. People who take psychiatric medication can exhibit unusual behavior, but it is unlikely that these drugs led to Orban’s decision to rape his victim. These drugs, however, have been known to cause serious birth defects. If you or someone you love was taking Zoloft or any other psychiatric medication while pregnant and the child was born with a birth defect, you should request the services of a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a case. A professionally trained injury lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

14Jun/12Off

Jury Rejects Zoloft Defense

A former Marine and police detective who blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for his behavior was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and raping a waitress at gunpoint in a brutal and senseless attack.The jury will now have to decide whether 32-year-old Anthony Nicolas Orban was sane at the time of the attack. The sanity phase of the trial begins on Tuesday.

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English: A package of branded Zoloft 100 mg (sertraline HCl) Svenska: Zoloft 100 mg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Orban always maintained that he had no recollection of the incident. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to eight counts, including kidnap and rape. If he is found to have been sane when the crime occurred, he could face a life prison sentence. If he is found to have been insane, he will be sent to a mental institution for treatment.

The defense team claimed that Orban suffered a psychotic break from reality because he was taking Zoloft. Orban was on Zoloft for about six months, but stopped taking the antidepressant. He stated taking his medication again not long before the attack. The defense argued that Orban was unaware of his actions. He was supposedly unconscious when he committed the crime on April 3, 2010.

The prosecution argued that the off-duty police officer, who had been drinking, used his service weapon to force the woman to drive from a parking lot at Ontario Mills to a self-storage facility in Fontana where he sexually assaulted her and showed a gun in her month. The gun, which had his name on it, was left in her car.

The woman, who was only 25 when she was brutally attacked, testified that Orban did not appear disoriented or unconscious as he sexually assaulted her. During the attack, Orban also choked her, punched her and even took pictures of her.

Orban’s best friend, Jeff Jelinek, broke the bro code and testified against him. Jelinek was with Orban during the kidnapping and picked him up after he raped the woman. In a plea deal with San Bernardino County prosecutors, Jelinek got a get-out-of-jail-free card. He pleaded no contest last year to being an accessory, false imprisonment and assault.

Zoloft isn’t responsible for Orban’s behavior. Orban made the decision to kidnap and rape the young Inland Empire woman. Orban committed this heinous crime because he believed that he was above the law and that the rules don’t apply to him. The fact is that a lot of police officers think they’re above the law and that the rules don’t apply to them. Now he must be punished for his crime and do hard time in prison.

Although people who take psychiatric medication can exhibit unusual behavior, it is unlikely that these drugs will ever cause someone to commit a serious crime. These drugs, however, can cause serious birth defects. If you or someone you love was taking Zoloft or any other psychiatric medication while pregnant and the child was born with a birth defect, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer. A professionally trained injury lawyer can determine if you have a case and help you collect compensation.

13Jun/12Off

Jury Not Buying Zoloft Defense

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A former marine and police officer awaits his fate in a San Bernardino County courtroom as the jurors determine if the antidepressant Zoloft led him to kidnap and rape a waitress in 2010.

Anthony Nicholas Orban, a veteran of the Iraq war and former Westminster police detective, is accused of abducting a waitress as she walked to her car following her shift at Ontario Mills. Using his service weapon, Orban forced the victim to drive to a self-storage lot in Fontana where he raped her.

According to the victim, Orban sexually brutalized her in the parked car which had tinted windows. In one instance, Orban even took pictures of the victim while he was on his mobile phone. Orban even shoved the barrel of his gun deep into her throat and threatened to kill her. An incoming call on Orban’s mobile phone distracted him long enough for the victim to escape. She ran out of his car and into a nearby liquor store for protection.

Ultimately, the victim identified Orban as her attacker. Orban was also implicated by his best friend. Not only was he was captured on security video footage at the scene, but he even left his service weapon – with his name on it – in the victim’s car.

Before the kidnapping, Orban was bar hopping in Ontario. He reportedly groped a woman’s chest, grabbed a man’s crotch and texted a former girlfriend in the hopes of having sex with her.

Orban’s attorney offered a questionable explanation for his behavior. His defense team relied heavily on the testimony of New York psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin. A critic of psychotropic medication who has testified in numerous cases, Breggin said that he believed that Orban was psychotic and delusional during the attack. Breggin testified that taking the drug Zoloft caused Orban to experience a break from reality shortly before he abducted the victim and that he was in an unconscious state of delirium in which he had no control of his actions or recollection of the incident.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer first introduced Zoloft to the U.S. market in 1991. Today, it remains one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants available. Zoloft is in the family of psychiatric drugs known as SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Zoloft is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. Like many psychiatric drugs, a prescription for Zoloft has a black box warning because of potentially dangerous side effects. The FDA’s black box warning informs patients that taking Zoloft may cause unusual changes in behavior and even suicide.

While there are reported cases that taking Zoloft can induce psychotic episodes, it is highly unlikely that a patient will resort to kidnapping and rape.

The prosecution in the case agrees and called medical experts to the witness stand to testify that even with side effects Zoloft is a relatively safe drug. The prosecution also urged the jury not to be swayed by the defense argument that Zoloft compromised Orban’s ability to distinguish right from wrong.

If Orban is found not guilty by reason of unconsciousness, he will be a free man. If Orban is convicted, the jury must decide whether or not he was sane. If he is declared insane, he will be sent to a state mental hospital for treatment. If he is found guilty, he could face up to life in prison.

Did Zoloft cause Orban to kidnap and rape an Inland Empire woman or did he just believe that he was above the law? There is no simple way to answer this question. The most likely explanation is that Orban, who probably had psychiatric issues in the first place, probably did believe that he could do what he pleased with impunity. The fact that he happened to be taking Zoloft is just an excuse to get out of doing hard time. Orban should be punished for his crime.

Unfortunately, psychiatric drugs could lead to less than scrupulous behavior that may cause patients to harm themselves. These drugs can even cause birth defects. If you or someone you love was taking Zoloft or any other psychiatric medication while pregnant and the child was born with a birth defect, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer. Only a professionally trained injury lawyer can determine if you have a case.