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    Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect - CNN.com
    Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty for Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes despite his offer last week to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding a death sentence.

    "It is my determination and my intention that in this case for James Eagan Holmes, justice is death," Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said.
    Before reaching the decision, the district attorney said he spoke directly with dozens of victims' family members.

    Bryan Beard, whose close friend was killed in the massacre, said one thought ran through his mind when he heard the district attorney announce his decision in court: "Thank goodness. I am so happy this is happening."

    "The only way death will receive justice when somebody murders somebody else is death," Beard told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH-TV during a break in Monday's court proceedings. "I guess you fight fire with fire."

    Last week defense attorneys filed documents saying Holmes had offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life behind bars in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.
    Prosecutors took the defense to task for publicly offering it, saying they hadn't been given enough information to even consider such a deal.

    "Not only improper, but grossly improper," prosecutors said in a Thursday court filing. "For the intended purpose of generating predictable publicity."

    Holmes faces 166 counts of murder and attempted murder for last year's shooting at an Aurora movie theater that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.
    Right decision IMO. I'm glad the prosecution is not taking a plea bargain for this case. They seem to have an airtight case against Holmes, so I see no reason they shouldn't go for the death penalty.

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    Right decision IMO. I'm glad the prosecution is not taking a plea bargain for this case. They seem to have an airtight case against Holmes, so I see no reason they shouldn't go for the death penalty.
    I agree. Scum like that should be executed.Hopefully he is limited on the number of appeals he has so that we are not reading about his execution 10-20 years from now.Its a shame they just can't take him out back after the guilty the verdict and put a bullet in head.
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    Re: Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    Apparently he "doesn't want to die". Guess he's sane enough to realize that death is permanent for himself...but for everybody else it's just...I dunno, a thrill?
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    Re: Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    I honestly hate the fact that he is still alive.
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    Re: Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    I honestly hate the fact that he is still alive.
    I hate the fact that we don't apply common sense and kill him on the spot. Think of the time, money and effort wasted on him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    I hate the fact that we don't apply common sense and kill him on the spot. Think of the time, money and effort wasted on him.
    I dont agree with on the spot, but once it is determined that it was him then I dont see the point in keeping him alive. And there has been 0 doubt about whether it was him or not for quite some time.
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    Re: Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    That he did the shootings is not really in question.
    Some may question his sanity.
    Will he EVER be safe to release to the public, unlikely.
    Maybe a Lobotomy would render him safe enough to live out his days
    as a ward of the state.
    Once he is found guilty, if not insane, The Death penalty does seem to fit the crime.
    I think a firing squad is called for, sleepy juice, is too tame for his sort.

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    Re: Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    That he did the shootings is not really in question.
    Some may question his sanity.
    Will he EVER be safe to release to the public, unlikely.
    Maybe a Lobotomy would render him safe enough to live out his days
    as a ward of the state.
    Once he is found guilty, if not insane, The Death penalty does seem to fit the crime.
    I think a firing squad is called for, sleepy juice, is too tame for his sort.
    Being insane, to me, does not justify this type of action. I understand someone being mentally retarded who doesn't understand their actions. I dont care if he was depressed, or picked on, or if his mommy didnt hug him. This man was fully functional. He understands life and death. He robbed people of their lives. His reason is irrelevant. He should be given the same opportunity he gave his victims. They didn't get to plead to him that they didn't get their favorite toy for christmas when he was 12. Insane should not be a legal defense.
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    Re: Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    That he did the shootings is not really in question.
    Some may question his sanity.
    Will he EVER be safe to release to the public, unlikely.
    Maybe a Lobotomy would render him safe enough to live out his days
    as a ward of the state.
    Once he is found guilty, if not insane, The Death penalty does seem to fit the crime.
    I think a firing squad is called for, sleepy juice, is too tame for his sort.
    I don't really care about his sanity. People are dead. He is responsible. Whether he is sane or not is entirely irrelevant, he still willingly caused the death of others. Put a bullet in his head and be done with it.
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    Re: Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    I dont agree with on the spot, but once it is determined that it was him then I dont see the point in keeping him alive. And there has been 0 doubt about whether it was him or not for quite some time.
    Catching him on the spot and finding the apartment booby-trapped is beyond a reasonable doubt. You admit that zero doubt was quite some time ago, so why in the hell are we wasting time on him again? I don't care if you think he'd come out of rehab a saint in 40 years, he killed and injured so many he doesn't deserve any opportunity whatsoever.
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