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Metelits 1 Taylor Metelits PSYC 3530 Carter 13 November 2014 Critical Thought Essay 3 James Holmes and the Insanity Defense On July 20 2012 James Holmes allegedly committed a mass shooting in an Aurora Colorado movie theater an offense that ended the lives of 12 people He entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity his trial is set to begin on December 8th 2014 This essay will cover the following points surrounding the Aurora CO shooting information about James Holmes alleged shooter a brief review of Colorado s insanity defense law and an attempted explanation as to why James Holmes should be considered legally insane According to online sources James Holmes comes from a family that is very intellectually gifted his father is a mathematician and scientist with degrees from Stanford UCLA as well as UC Berkley In addition his mother is a registered nurse On the surface it appears that Holmes is gifted as well with a B S degree in Neuroscience as well participation in University of Colorado s Ph D program incomplete Growing up he spent time in team sports and appeared to be involved in a church community as well Briefly straying from Holmes and the discussion of his mind during the time of the shooting it is relevant to review Colorado s insanity defense law Colorado follows the McNaughton Rule which is determined by the M naghten Test in informal terms described as Metelits 2 needing to prove that the defendant did not know that the nature of what he or she was doing the crime OR if he or she did know he or she did not know that it was wrong In addition Colorado also requires use of the Irresistible Impulse Test he or she acted from an uncontrollable urge impulse he or she was unable to choose from right or wrong behavior and there was such an extreme lack of will or moral awareness that his or her actions were beyond control In regard to James Holmes psyche it is applicable to speak to what he appeared like during the time before the offense Stated by sources



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