James Holmes's lawyers object to second sanity evaluation

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James Holmes and defense attorney Daniel King in court in June 2013.
Lawyers for Aurora theater shooting gunman James Holmes have until May 5 to ask the Colorado Supreme Court to review a decision by Judge Carlos Samour to have Holmes undergo a second sanity evaluation. Samour ordered the second evaluation after prosecutors alleged that the first one, done last summer, contained "numerous deficiencies" and that the psychiatrist who conducted it had an "unfair bias."

But Holmes's lawyers don't think that having him evaluated again is fair, either.

Holmes is accused of killing twelve people and injuring seventy more by opening fire at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 theater in Aurora in July 2012. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

At a hearing in February, Holmes's public defenders indicated that they planned to challenge Judge Samour's ruling that the first sanity evaluation was "inadequate" and his order that Holmes undergo a second evaluation by a different doctor. Samour gave them until March 14 to register their objections -- which they did.

In mid-March, Holmes's attorneys filed three motions that were sealed from public view but which basically challenged Samour's judgement and asked him to reconsider. In mid-April, Samour denied those motions. And so last week, Holmes's lawyers filed a notice to the court (on view below) indicating that they intend to ask the state Supreme Court to review Samour's order (though it's worth noting that the high court can decline to do so).

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Judge Carlos Samour in court in June 2013.
In an order issued that same day (also on view below), Samour agreed to postpone the start of the second sanity evaluation until May 5 to give Holmes's attorneys time to file their appeal to the Supreme Court. If the high court decides to hear the appeal, the second evaluation will be postponed until after the justices rule on the matter.

This week, prosecutors also filed two unrelated motions. The first requests that if "new leads and investigative avenues arise," investigators be allowed to request search warrants from a judge other than Samour. The purpose, prosecutors wrote, would be to avoid ex parte communications with Samour -- in other words, conversations that don't involve Holmes's attorneys and therefore, could seem improper. They did not indicate whether any new leads had, in fact, arisen or if so, what they were.

The second motion filed by the prosecution (also shared here) is a response to Holmes's attorneys request that the trial be moved out of Arapahoe County. Prosecutors oppose the idea. They argue that the trial should stay in Arapahoe County and they dispute Holmes's attorneys' claim that pretrial publicity has tainted the jury pool.

Continue to read the motions and orders referenced above.

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muhutdafuga topcommenter

This is a good example of why there are just some people that shouldn't have assault weapons of mass destruction. 

fishingblues topcommenter


Stupid, deranged, crazy people like you and Holmes need to be eradicated before you do damage.

"weapons of mass destruction" - So, did Bush find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or not?  Loony liberals always claimed he didn't. (Of course they didn't ask the hundreds of thousands of dead curds.) 

But it sounds like you consider any gun to be a "weapon of mass destruction".

Once again, this is rhetorical. (Remember, you don't need to answer.) 

I know you are much too stupid to comprehend.

muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafugaYour post is full of errors.  I'll focus on just one:  It is an error in character, and error in your humanity.  You, like your fellow Nazis have a rich history of wanting to eradicate those that you don't like.


muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafugaThat's how your fellow Nazis referred to the Jewish people they eradicated.  You radical right wing crazies haven't changed much since the mid 1900s.

You end with one of your bizarre fantasies about what pets I may have.  Isn't that just precious, a psychotic that believes in eradicating good Americans.

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