Holmes prosecutors must prove sanity

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Prosecutors have an uphill battle if James Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity. Unlike other states where the defense needs to prove sanity, prosecutors in Colorado are the ones who have to show that a defendant is sane -- and they have to do it without having their own experts examine Holmes.

Holmes is accused in the July 20 shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded. He is due is in court Thursday where a University of Colorado psychiatrist is expected to testify.

Holmes' defense attorneys say he went to the psychiatrist for help with an undisclosed mental illness. Holmes' mental health is expected to be the major issue in the case. Prosecutors allege Holmes may have been angry at the failure of a once promising academic career.

Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester has ordered that some of the suspect's educational records can be released to prosecutors, but he required that confidential information be blacked out.

At a hearing last week, prosecutors argued they needed copies of some 100 pages of educational records subpoenaed from the University of Colorado Denver, where suspect James Holmes was a neuroscience doctoral candidate.

Prosecutors say the documents are needed to build a case that would establish a motive for the July 20 shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

Attorneys for the state say that Holmes made threats, failed a key exam and had been encouraged by professors to seek another line of work in the weeks prior to the shooting.


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  • by Truth Location: Mesa on Aug 30, 2012 at 01:39 PM
    The suspect's brain has been completely fried...he is so out of touch there is no way he could have perpetrated such a sophisticated crime in this condition. Case has been sealed, no cameras allowed. Most witnesses reported multiple suspects as did first responders. There is a fake witness contradicting the majority of witnesses – search “Chris Ramos Fake Witness” clearly an actor imo, but decide for yourself. Our government admittedly gave thousands of guns to Mexican Cartels that have likely murdered hundreds in Mexico as well as our border agent. What else are they capable of doing? This stinks…do your own research. Law enforcement on Eastern Slope who know the truth, stand up. You swore to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. It is your obligation to stand up and tell the truth.
  • by Eh? on Aug 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    Why fight it? Just lock him up in a high security mental institution for the rest of his life and be done with it! (Too bad, no one shot him at the time. )
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