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Should James Holmes plead not guilty by reason of insanity?

  • James Holmes was psychotic at the time he carried out the shooting in the movie theatre in Aurora.

    So yes, he should definitely plead Not Guilty by reason of Insanity. It's clear that this young man is severely mentally ill and he also sought the help of psychiatrists at his University who failed him terribly. Executing a mentally ill person has absolutely no redeeming features about it whatsoever. The person was ill when they committed the crime. Yes, they need to be held in a secure facility somewhere but killing them is just wrong.

  • Evidently he has lost his sanity, so he should

    He obviously has lost his sanity. Hell, the guy thinks he's the Joker. He probably neither knows or remember what he did, or doesn't realize that it was wrong. I realize that the shooting was tragic but the real issue is never the actual person who has gone insane - the issue is that he had access to guns but no access to help for his condition. What are you persecuting, if you persecute him? A personality that may not even be his own?

  • He should plead guilty.

    Pleasing guilty by reason of insanity is a cop out. He may have a personality disorder, but you do the crime, you do the time. He has to take responsibilty for his actions and not put the public through a long expensive trial. Be a man and plead guilty and no insanity plea.

  • No, he shouldn't.

    John Holmes should man up and face the consequences of his actions. He obviously was sound of mind enough to pursue an education, and actually got quite far. While he may have had issues, none of them could ever be a good enough reason or excuse for what he did.

  • No, he shouldn't.

    John Holmes should man up and face the consequences of his actions. He obviously was sound of mind enough to pursue an education, and actually got quite far. While he may have had issues, none of them could ever be a good enough reason or excuse for what he did.


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