Automatic Pilot - Not accountable

Californian band from San Francisco, extracted from the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and producing what is sometimes described as erotic jazz wave.

Inspiration for the band name was provided by the court case against Dan White, politician and former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

On November 27, 1978, White killed his mayor, George Moscone, and gay fellow Board member Harvey Milk. Carrying a loaded gun and extra ammunition White climbed through a window of San Francisco City Hall's first floor, cunningly circumventing the metal detectors on the ground floor, and carried out his fatal action.

White's defence team successfully steered clear of the first-degree murder charge and had the conviction altered to manslaughter. Their tactics from that moment on would be known as the Milkie defence.

Where does band name Automatic Pilot come from - Chocolate Oreo Mousse Pi piesIt comes down to White – once a health freak – having fallen into the habit of consuming fast and sugary food and drinks (such as Milkies). These products had triggered White and had put him on automatic pilot. In other words, White could not be held accountable for the murders.

The tactics paid off: the killer got off lightly serving five years in prison.

Active: 1980-1985, USA

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