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Theater Shooters Insanity Plea Accepted

  1. SpanStar profile image59
    SpanStarposted 3 years ago

    I'm a bit in the dark here. Having accepted a insanity plea what does that really mean?

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hol … r+shooting

    1. Silverspeeder profile image60
      Silverspeederposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Anybody who kills innocent people is insane, its a cop out, where the blame is placed squarely on the shoulders of society.
      It will be the fault of his parents/teacher/employer or down to bullying.

      1. psycheskinner profile image80
        psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        The legal argument is purely about whether he knew what he was doing at the time of his crime and so had the "mens rea" (guilty mind) necessary to be convicted.  So basically did he know what he was doing and do it on purpose. It's a pretty low bar.

        1. Silverspeeder profile image60
          Silverspeederposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          What happens in the US if he is found insane at the time of the murders?

          1. psycheskinner profile image80
            psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            He has to be "legally insane" which bears very little relation to being psychiatrically insane. Most psychiatrically insane people are still legally responsible for their actions.

            If they find he was insane in a way that means he genuinely did not know he was shooting people (i.e. so delusion he thought they were demons from hell, sleepwalking or something) then he would be put in a psychiatric facility until deemed sane, or he dies--whichever comes first.

            IMHO given the degree of planning shown, it is hard to see how an insanity defense would prevail in this case.

            1. Silverspeeder profile image60
              Silverspeederposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Thank psycheskinner
              Wasn't to sure what would happen under US law.
              Is there a chance of the death penalty in that state? Here in the UK the media seems to bring it up even when there isn't.

              1. psycheskinner profile image80
                psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Colorado is a death penalty state but there has been only one execution since 1977, so it is very unlikely.

  2. Zelkiiro profile image84
    Zelkiiroposted 3 years ago

    He gets a lighter sentence. And a padded room.

    1. SpanStar profile image59
      SpanStarposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      If that's correct then thank you.

  3. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    It means he is pleading not guilty due to being insane.  We are not at the trial yet, let alone the sentencing.

    1. SpanStar profile image59
      SpanStarposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well Thank You Then

 
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