Aurora Theater Shooting

Aurora theater shooting suspect considering insanity plea: Read the motions here

Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes "is considering entering" a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, according to motions filed by his attorneys.

The motions -- which are on view below -- ask the court to clarify certain aspects of the state's insanity defense laws, including the terms "mental condition" and "cooperate," and also to determine whether the laws are constitutional. Holmes "cannot intelligently decide how to proceed" until he understand the consequences of entering an insanity plea, his lawyers wrote.

Read the motions below. And as a reference, here are links to the laws mentioned in the motions: C.R.S. 16-8-106, C.R.S. 16-8-103, C.R.S. 16-8-107 and C.R.S. 18-1.3-1201.

Motion for Definition of 'Cooperate' as Used in C.R.S. 16-8-106 or to Declare the Statute Unconstitutionall...

Motion to Define 'Mental Condition' as Used in C.R.S. 16-8-103.6, 16-8-107(3)(B) and 18-1.3-1201(3)(D) or D...

Motion to Preserve Constitutional Rights and Request for Advisement Prior to Entry of Any Plea Pursuant to...

Motion Regarding the Scope and Nature of Any Evaluation Resulting From Any Plea Pursuant to C.R.S. 16-8-103...

Motion and Brief to Declare C.R.S. 16-8-103.6, 103.7, 106, 107 and 18-1.3-1201(3)(D) Unconstitutional

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