Miller v. Florida
Florida District Court of Appeal
805 So.2d 885 (2001)
John Miller (defendant) unsuccessfully sought treatment for his heroin addiction at a methadone clinic. Miller then began a new treatment at a different clinic, where, while sedated, the clinic administered intense doses of several toxic drugs so to expedite the effects of withdrawal. After 27 hours of treatment, the clinic released Miller from the clinic while he was still heavily sedated. Within three hours of his release, Miller returned to the methadone clinic and found it closed for the day. Miller used a handgun to shoot the lock off the gate and entered the clinic’s grounds. Miller walked around the clinic building, shooting at it several times. Miller then broke a window and climbed inside. Subsequently, Miller surrendered to the police. The State of Florida (plaintiff) charged Miller with shooting into a building, burglary with a firearm, and discharging a firearm in public. At trial, Miller raised defenses of insanity and involuntary intoxication. At the end of the trial, Miller proposed a jury instruction on involuntary intoxication. The trial court rejected Miller’s instruction and, instead, gave an instruction of its own that failed to appropriately state the law. The jury convicted Miller, and he appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Davis, J.)
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