1. diagnosis Dx for political high ups when they reply to Congressional hearings or a Federal Grand Jury with the defense "I don't recall."
Variations: "I don't remember."
"I don't know."
"I don't recollect."
2. Dx for cheating significant others, or persons involved in possible criminal conduct or nefarious activities in a workplace.
1. Scooter Libby's scamnesia defense in 2004 Congressional hearings re: the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose former diplomatic corp husband was a vocal war critic.
Invented by President Ronald Reagan, who caught a serious case of scamnesia(later dx'd as alzheimers) during the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987
"The simple truth is, 'I don't remember - period'" - President Reagan writing to the Tower Commission to set the record straight about whether he authorized the arms shipment (to Iran)in advance.
extremely energetic or snarky person all hopped up on caffeine. may be annoying. may be slightly crazy. may be pitching a fit, or working fast and furious. may be the next new legal defense, following the "Twinky defense."
1. Slow down on the espresso shots before you start getting all coffee postal !