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Prosecution has to prove sanity under Colorado law. Defense doesn't have to do anything other than create "reasonable doubt". Their approach may look thin and lame--which it is--but taken together, they hope all of this testimony may cause at least one juror to have "reasonable doubt" about JH's sanity.
@Flip thank you I know what PT has to do just was trying to share why the delay in the reason's none of the sanity evaluations were done right away as some of the comments were that people didn't understand why the 2 year delay!
IMO, I think they gave him too many meds at too high of a dose too quickly. It's amazing what different meds can do to different people. Holmes didn't like the side effects that the meds that Dr. Fenton prescribed, those were baby tylenol in comparison. Seems as if he never really took meds/drugs before he found his way into his own personal rat cage.
Looks like this doc drank the DT kool-aid...he appears to take Holmes' word for it that he was hearing voices that wern't there. More likely the voices were there--"oh, look who we have in our hospital today..." "....uggh, think could we call in a veterinarian on consulting basis?" "...afraid not, vermin this horrible, they'd just put him down"...."yes, so???"
Everyone keeps comparing the DT Dr.s to Dr.Reid and criticizing them because they came up with a different opinion than Dr.Reid, saying that they spent little time with JH....but having multiple Dr.s having seen him at the time of the event saying he was psychotic is no less credible than one Dr. seeing him years after the fact, saying he was not.
Given the fact that he was in jail, being given meds that he had not taken before, is pre-disposed to mental illness, am I surprised the defendant had this psychotic episode? No, but this does not mean he was legally insane when he pulled the trigger the first time. I understand the defense has to do something, has to put on a defense, but again, this episode was months after the shooting, he was not acting like this from the time he was arrested until the time he was hospitalized, so I think the defense is grasping at straws.
I'm with the idea that the shooting caused this psychotic break that even Dr. Reid says that he had. So here would be the linear progression: Woman dumps mentally ill man who then decides to kill all these people to show her he's special and hides it so no one will stop him and even attempts to detach himself which doesn't work and he's sane enough that what he's done caused a psychotic break. Have I missed anything?
Question I'd like to hear: Doctor, if the jury finds this defendant "not guilty by reason of insanity" based on your testimony...can he live at your house after he is cured and released from the mental hospital?