I'm really getting fed up with people only using the Bill of Rights when it applies to their argument but then acting like the document doesn't exists when it suits their argument or opinion on an issue.
James Holmes is a horrible person without question but to take his civil liberties away would make all of us horrible people and tyrants...
There should be no not guilty by reason of insanity. A person either committed the crime or they did not. Guilty but insane would be a more appropriate.
Even the most insane person makes decisions. The insane may not understand our laws, but that does not excuse them.
As far as using the truth drug. Not sure it should be done. I can see the defense ready to appeal.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
What's the point of having freedom of speech if nobody pays attention to what you say?
Did you read anything I posted that advocated "against his will"? Quite the contrary, I suggested it might help him escape the death penalty. I believe I also said: Like a lie detector device, the results can not be 100% certain and thus can not be used to convict.
"Insanity" is a de facto plea of guilt... It is just left to the jury to decide weather the alleged perp was in the right frame of mind while committing the alleged crime.
The ruling of the Judge is a crime.Judge William Sylvester ruled that in the event of Holmes pleading insanity his prosecutors would be permitted to interrogate him while he is under the influence of a medical drug designed to loosen him up and get him to talk. The idea would be that such a "narcoanalytic interview" would be used to confirm whether or not he had been legally insane when he embarked on his shooting spree on 20 July last year.
Colorado Constitution - Article 2 Section 18 – “No person shall be compelled to testify against himself in a criminal case…”
United States Constitution – 5th Amendment – “…nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…”
The entire stated purpose is to drug him in order for prosecution to compel him to testify against his plea of insanity. If he is guilty without doubt, then no such action is required. And frankly, a person who does what he did surely cannot be considered “sane”… that’s like some rabid dog.