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'Batman' Shooter's Lawyers

Our Client Is INSANE

8/9/2012 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lawyers for James Holmes just stated in open court -- they believe their client suffers from a mental illness ... and they need more time to figure out what's wrong with him before entering a plea. 

Holmes' attorneys made the announcement during a hearing today, in which several news outlets had assembled to argue that the judge in the case should unseal court documents that could reveal important details about the July shooting in Aurora, CO.

Both the prosecution and the defense wish to keep the documents under wraps while the case is pending.

While everyone was in court, Holmes' attorney also appealed to the judge on an unrelated note -- demanding prosecutors and investigators turn over ALL documents related to the case ... in order to help the defense team determine just how crazy their client is.

The lawyer said, "We cannot begin to assess the nature and the depth of Mr. Holmes' mental illness until we receive full disclosure of all the documents."

It's the first mention of Holmes' intent to pursue an insanity defense.

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46.

Rebecca    

This low life piece of **** is playing the system, Damn bastard deserves the deth chamber...nasty azz pieace of crap!!!

772 days ago
47.

Ravenwolf    

do to him, what they did to william wallace:
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Following the trial, on 23 August 1305, Wallace was taken from the hall to the Tower of London, then stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse to the Elms at Smithfield.[24] He was hanged, drawn and quartered — strangled by hanging but released while he was still alive, castrated, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts. His preserved head (dipped in tar) was placed on a pike atop London Bridge.[25] It was later joined by the heads of the brothers, John and Simon Fraser. His limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Stirling, and Perth.

772 days ago
48.

gamepro    

please don't accept an insanity plea because then he would live in a cozy room until he died and he needs the injection for what he did

772 days ago
49.

Tom    

How do you properly punish someone for casuing so much pain to other people? I dunno.

772 days ago
50.

Tammy    

Who cares if he is insane? He killed 12 people! My gosh that is what is wrong with our judicial system...our criminals have more rights than the victims!! I'm furious! Does anyone think that there is a possibility that he is faking it? I will be more than happy to purchase a bullet for his head!!

772 days ago
51.

get a clue    

this guy was so insaine that he prepared his exit(propping open an emergency exit to which he brought the weapons through and exited out of) before he comitted this crime. Mentally insaine means he doesnt know what he did was wrong, which is total crap because he knew exactly what he was doing and prepared it way in advance. I will say one thing i knew this was coming" oh he is crazy, he didnt know what he was doing" Yea right!!!. Well now a days people dont get to get out of jail by saying i am crazy, they stay in jail until they are rehabbed back to not being crazy(which this guy isnt) and then put them through trial for their crimes. (i.e: the guy who shot gabriel giffords, they said he was crazy, they treated him and he is now standing trial). This whole insanity defense thing is just a ploy by this pathetic guys family to try and save the life of a person who would be better off facing a firing squad.The family hasnt even accepted responsibility for this tragedy on his behalf or theirs.

772 days ago
52.

VictoriaGirl    

This guy is not "insane", he's a cold blooded killer who is now claiming and acting insane so he'll get off easier.

772 days ago
53.

VictoriaGirl    

An insane person does not and could not meticulously plans out something like this. He's a cold blooded killer, plain and simple.

772 days ago
54.

WhatsRight    

Insane? I doubt it. Take a moment to remember this psycho was getting a PHd in Neurophysiology, the study of the mind. He KNOWS exactly how to behave, and what the traits are for someone having a psychotic episode. It's already do***ented that he'd been receiving guns and items in preparation for this attack. That's called "Premeditation", that's not something someone who is insane does. They act usually on impulse, this was carefully planned, and it took months. He made sure the final pieces of his "Insanity" plea were received AFTER the attack.
This guy is a murderer, but far from "Insane". He wants to insure he goes somewhere that he won't be murdered for his crimes, either by Death Penalty or an act of inner prison justice.
This thing should suffer for the rest of his life (may it be a 100 years) in a rotting hell for what he chose to do.

772 days ago
55.

Honeyeyes    

WHY IS IT WHEN YOU ARE CAUCASIAN YOU ARE INSANE???? THIS WAS PREMEDITATED AND HE HAS NO SOUL. SPITTING ON GUARDS. AND HE WONT EVEN LOOK AT THE VICTIMS FAMILIES IN THE COURTROOM HE IS FULLY. AWARE. HE IS A CLEVER DEVIL!!!

772 days ago
56.

Tammy    

No, really?? What was your first clue, when he shot all those poor people..........just put him away already!!!

772 days ago
57.

Susan    

Insane like a fox. Shame on his Attorney.

772 days ago
58.

mark    

If this guy represents the new insane, then I think the courts need to realize that NORMAL LIFE in this time we live in is INSANE and therefore we are all insane. SO< I think, we need to have the courts up the ante and say since the legal team didn't say criminally insane, then BOO YOU LOSE.....chop his head off and feed his testicles to the wolves!

772 days ago
59.

sarah    

The lawyers making excuses. Insane my ass, he rigged his apartment with explosives better then an expert could. This bastard should be executed and not one penny wasted to keep his ass in jail. Its nothing but a big act put on here.

772 days ago
60.

Maddy    

This man is not mentally ill! He is a very smart man. Everything he did was him becoming the joker. Yea little crazy maybe? He knows right from wrong, but he does not care.

772 days ago
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