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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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megan    

Obviously he has a mental illness- but anyone who murders anyone clearly does. The fact is- he still knew exactly what he was doing was wrong, and planned it all in detail for several months befor it happened, so he should pay for it!

783 days ago
62.

Oh A 💛💋    

I knew I knew it i knew it ! They would use that ! Now he going to try and get his ass to the crazy house when he should be dead !

783 days ago
63.

Kay whited    

He wasn't crazy when he made all the things they found in his apt,and he was smart enough to put on a bullet proof vent and all to keep from getting shot himself..So how can they say he's crazy.Yea he's crazy alright,but not in that way..It takes someone smart to make stuff like he did..He is just playing it off to keep from going to prison..I say send his all to prison.To many insent people got killed because of him..No need to have pity on him,he didn't for the ones he killed...

783 days ago
64.

EgoCity    

There ain't a damn think wrong with him he's a wannabe bitch. Hang him

783 days ago
65.

alex    

was there anyone that didn't see this coming? sheeeeesh

783 days ago
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Jody    

Of course they have to go for insanity, that is the only chance he has….unless he was in Florida, where juries there just ignore the obvious.

The lawyers don't need police reports to find out about his sanity. Why aren't they asking for the psychiatrists reports?

783 days ago
67.

Lmao    

A truly sane person would not be mentally or physically capable of these crimes. You can call it evil all you want but by true definition it is indeed a case of insanity.

783 days ago
68.

Maddy    

My opinion, this man is not sick. He doesn't have a disease that can justify what he did. He is a cruel human being who loves destruction. He has a horrible role model. Everyone says he is mentally ill because this isn't what "normal" people would do. Yes, he is not normal. He knows exactly what he did was wrong and he loves it. Just saying.

783 days ago
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sharon    

Going to waste tons of money on this and it should be a no brainer. But they will draw it on for a year, and waste more money. What someone does to another should have the same thing back to them. Karma !!

783 days ago
70.

tucker    

Crazy like a fox. Execute the monster.

783 days ago
71.

What???    

We are all too quick to judge without knowing all of the facts. Until they come out, he is innocent until proven guilty, that is the bottom line. I understand this is a moral issue and an issue of a sick individual who harmed and killed innocent people, but nobody here knows all the facts. I recommend further research into this case. You may be surprised at what you find. Listen to the fire and police frequencies, they are very telling. Look at the diagram of the movie theater, that is telling. I am not calling a conspiracy, but there are eyewitness reports that conflict this lone gunman story as well. Judge not lest ye be judged.

783 days ago
72.

shay mill    

INSANE OR NOT, THEY NEED TO FRY HIS ASS!!!!

783 days ago
73.

shay mill    

INSANE OR NOT, THEY NEED TO FRY HIS ASS!!!

783 days ago
74.

IceGypsy    

As compared to what.? All the other serial killers and mass murderers? No one in their right mind would do something like that. The dude planned it for months, and deserves the worst. I say set him loose in the general population and let the inmates terrorize him they way he terrorized everyone in that theater.

783 days ago
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Alessa    

Really? How did he made it trought medicine shcool then? He woke up coocku that day all of the sudden but of course after planning all his masacre first with details and everything, he's so insane that weared a anti bullet vest oh yeah soooo friggin' insane.
So insane that he needs electroshocks, how about the electric chair?

783 days ago
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