Yasmeen (who's now off interning for the government) sent me a link to this case:
The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that involuntary intoxication from induced low blood-sugar content is a defense. Apparently, that portion of the decision was actually 7-0. The disagreement seems to have risen because he voluntarily injected himself with an overdose of insulin because he was anticipating eating ice cream and cake at his daughter's birthday.
Here's the opinion in toto. I haven't had the opportunity to read it yet.
For me there are three possible questions:
(1) Was the man acting in a manner which consistent with normal practice in the use of insulin?
(2) Did a doctor tell him he could use the medicine in the manner he did?
(3) Is there any reason to expect this kind of reaction in a normal individual?
Somebody read the case and tell me how far off base I am. For some strange reason, I plan to read the 6-8 cases that the Virginia Supreme Court handed down at the end of last week and don't think I'll be reading a Colorado case tonight.