Sunday, October 31, 2010

CSI Miami does datura pods

CSI: Miami on 31 Oct. 2010 obliquely presented, but did not resolve, an interesting legal issue. Can one go down for attempted murder when the "attempt" cannot possibly result in murder?

Here, a wife contacted a psychic to kill her husband, with the psychic agreeing to help out, but planning something that would not work. "Hallucinogenic" smoke from a datura-pod laced candle played an interesting role. [from wikipedia: Datura intoxication typically produces a complete inability to differentiate reality from fantasy (delirium, as contrasted to hallucination); hyperthermia; tachycardia; bizarre, and possibly violent behavior; and severe mydriasis with resultant painful photophobia that can last several days. Separately note published US application 20050106267 : [0120] The zeolites may be used for therapy of acute poisonings from a wide variety of plant, animal, industrial and environmental toxins. These include the mitigation, minimization and elimination of toxin-induced clinical syndromes affecting the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, hematopoietic and nervous systems from the following list of plants by their common name, scientific name, toxic part and specific poison: (...) datura ]

In reality, a neurotoxin did it, with a 4 pronged puncture on the husband's palm conveying cone snail venom delivered by the boyfriend. Did the wife know?

***One does wonder if certain patent law professors have been tampering with datura, especially as to patent grant rate data, manifesting an inability to differentiate reality from fantasy?

***Of candles themselves

Sure, they make for a cozy ambience, but when you light one made from paraffin—as most candles are—you're potentially harming your health. Researchers at South Carolina State University found that paraffin candles emit chemicals that are linked to liver damage, neurological problems, and leukemia. They can also release a black soot that, over time, may damage your lung and heart tissue, says Jeffrey May, an expert on indoor air quality and author of My House Is Killing Me:


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