Aurora Theater Shooting

Aurora theater shooting case: DA says insanity defense laws are constitutional

Colorado's insanity defense laws are constitutional and any court-ordered mental evaluation that Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes might undergo would not violate his right against self-incrimination, prosecutors argue in motions made public Wednesday.

The arguments are in response to five motions filed by Holmes's attorneys last week in which they asked the court to clarify certain aspects of the laws, explaining that Holmes "cannot intelligently decide how to proceed" until he understands the consequences.

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