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Colo. Theater Shooter Considers Insanity Plea

March 04, 2013  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file

Lawyers for Aurora theater-shooting suspect James Holmes are challenging the constitutionality of Colorado's laws for insanity pleas, introducing a complicated new argument into his case.

In a flurry of motions filed Thursday and made public Friday, Holmes' attorneys question whether the requirements for an insanity plea violate defendants' rights against self-incrimination. They also argue that the laws provide less protection for people facing the death penalty—as Holmes might—than for defendants facing prison terms.

Without answers from the judge, the lawyers say Holmes can't decide whether to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. He is scheduled to enter a plea March 12.

Read the full Denver Post story.

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[email protected] @ 3/4/2013 6:34 PM

Like I said months back, this high IQ turd & his ambulance chasing lawyers were laying out the ground work for this plea from the get-go. Lets' all hope they toss that plea and fry his freaky little ass. Blues, Stay Safe.

Trigger @ 3/5/2013 4:25 AM

[email protected] you are being a bit critical. This poor individual did not know what he was doing, just because he wore body armor, carried a half dozen weapon and a stock pile of ammo. Seriously he needs someone to spend quality time discussing his worldly issues just before the switch is pulled!!

Steve @ 3/5/2013 5:10 AM

LOL I tell you what Trigger I was getting ready to jump all over you. Coffee hasn't kicked in yet so I didn't get the sarcasm until the last 6 words. Well Done Sir

mtpgman @ 3/5/2013 6:50 AM

Actually, I think they should grant his insanity defense. Then sentence him to life in an insane asylum. I can't think of a more horrible fate than to spend the rest of your life being the only sane person in a hospital full of lunatics. Well, maybe having to watch every Pauly Shore movie on an endless loop.

George D. @ 3/5/2013 6:57 AM

The killer's attorneys want the death penalty off the table in favor of life without possibility of parole or three hots & a cot in a medication motel. For the victims he shot cowardly & their families he should experience death just once not the several times as they did. If he is not given the death penalty, but instead life in prison or medication motel, one can only hope for similar to what happened to Greg Dahlmer.

Random @ 3/5/2013 10:19 AM

My personal preference would be that he be put to hard labor repairing roads the hot sun for life without dental care. (with his hair like this forever).

Dan B @ 3/5/2013 1:16 PM

George D: Did you mean Jeffrey Dahmer in Wisconsin? I agree with Trigger and Steve.

Bob @ VA @ 3/6/2013 11:10 AM

What ever happened to getting shot trying to escape? Or falling off a cliff while running from authorities? Colorado has some great mountains through which the scum could be transported. A good, I mean unfortunate accident could save the public a lot of bucks.

John @ 3/7/2013 4:23 AM

Insanity pleas are bullshit. There is no more hazardous of a threat to society than a mass murderer who doesn't realize they have killed people or who doesn't realize murdering innocent people is wrong. Therefore, these murderers should receive the dealth penalty.

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