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Aurora Massacre Suspect James Holmes' Insanity Plea Accepted By Judge

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Just as we predicted, a judge has accepted James Holmes plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

After being accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a mass shooting at an Aurora, CO during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, the suspect could now escape charges of multiple counts of murder and attempted murder that could lead to the death penalty.

The insanity plea —which may take doctors months to thoroughly evaluate— is James' best chance at avoiding execution, while his lawyers continue to argue that the insanity plea paired with the death penalty is ultimately unconstitutional.

If the accused is in fact deemed not guilty by reason of insanity, it would mean he would be committed to the state mental hospital, but it would also mean he would have the chance to walk free again if doctors somehow believe his sanity restored!

However, if jurors do in fact convict him, then the penalty phase will determine whether James should be executed or sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Hopefully, the evaluation process will be speedy so the families of those slain can FINALLY get justice for the atrocious tragedy of late last summer.

What outcome do YOU think would properly serve justice??!

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8 comments to “Aurora Massacre Suspect James Holmes' Insanity Plea Accepted By Judge”

  1. 1

    Some one sane would not do this!!!!!!! He needs to be put to sleep for life.

  2. 2

    I could not imagine being his attorney.

  3. KD says – reply to this


    I think he should be tortured and killed. Unreal no matter how "insane you are"

  4. cee says – reply to this


    However, if jurors do in fact convict him, THEN the penalty phase will determine whether James should be executed or sentence to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

    a typo? shame shame

  5. Rose says – reply to this


    James Holmes studied flicker fusion and temporal illusion. DARPA backed grant. Brainmapping. Brainmapping will be used to control the mind. Obama recently gave a press conference alotting millions upon millions of dollars backing brainmapping. Holmes (records and studies from college sealed) participated in at least one lab experiment. I say one, because all studies in the classes Holmes took, have been sealed.) This shows though students hav been used as guinea pigs. His father Robert Holmes was due to testify in the Libor banking scandal and invented the algorhytym software that uncovered the banks's graft. Read flicker by Theodore ruszak and understand temporal illusion.

  6. boushie87 says – reply to this


    This is not how the legal system works.. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity he will be placed in a locked institution. Each year they will evaluate him to see if he is "sane" enough to face his charges.. then he would be placed in prison for the rest of his life. If he is still deemed incompetent and insane, then he will remain in the institution. He will never be released to the public from the institution, he would go to jail. I think this is an important point that very few people understand. This man is obviously sick and giving him the death penalty over actions he doesn't know or understand that he did would be cruel and wrong. Let him get the help he needs and if he gets better he will pay for what he did in prison for the rest of his life. There is no "going free" for him.

  7. RainbowBrite says – reply to this


    Really getting tired of the "insanity plea" bullshit. You have to be just a little insane to fucking take a life let alone multiple. This was premeditated, it was not done on a whim, he was fully aware of his actions and made preparations to murder. He deserves to die. Not sit in prison and collect benefits. The people he killed did not get options, why should he?

  8. 8

    This whole thing is so tragic, but i think without a shadow of a doubt this dude is insane. He's schizophrenic. Mental illness is often used as a defense for people who are just plain evil, but I think it does apply in this case. Personally, I think he should get the needle, but the law isn't designed to put mentally ill people to death.