James Holmes - Insanity Plea

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Alessandra Battalia James Holmes: The Insanity Plea Minutes into a special midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes—encased in armor, his hair tinted orange, a gas mask obscuring his face—stepped through the emergency exit of a sold-out movie theater and opened fire. By the time it was over, there were twelve dead and 58 wounded. The ferocity of the attack, its setting, its sheer magnitude — more people were killed and injured in the shooting than in any in the country’s history — shocked even a nation largely inured to random outbursts of violence. But Mr. Holmes, 24, who was arrested outside the theater and been charged for the shootings, has remained an enigma, his life and his motives cloaked by two court orders that have imposed a virtual blackout on information in the case and by the silence of the University of Colorado, Denver, where Mr. Holmes attended until June as a graduate student in neuroscience. His abnormal behavior and clear signs of mental disturbance display a tragic example of violence caused by pathology. It is against my moral judgment to represent James Holmes in trial, as I pride my psychological experience and expertise on a strong ethical foundation. Therefore, in my professional opinion it is unethical to stand before a jury and testify in trial for the defendant. To deem him mentally insane in order for him to be vindicated of his violent mass murder crime by utilizing the insanity plea to escape jail time would never leave my conscience. James Holmes committed brutal and lethal acts on July 20, 2012 in Colorado that were premeditated and precisely calculated; Acts that resulted in the tragic death and serious harm to several innocent, harmless civilians. In criminal trials, the insanity defense is where the defendant claims they are not responsible for their actions due to

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