The insanity defense is a valid legal defense, not a ruse or a ploy to avoid responsibility as the media has implied. The media’s coverage of this issue has been anything but advantageous to Mr. Holmes.
Deadline to File CMHIP/Death Penalty Motions Up for James Holmes Defense Team
The Deadline for the Defense to submit Motions pertaining to CMHIP and the Death Penalty is up.
November 8th, this past Friday, was the deadline.
The Prosecution now has until November 25th to file their responses to what is most likely 4 motions filed by the Defense regarding their defendant James Holmes stay at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo and/or the Death Penalty he is facing.
The Defense team will then have until December 3rd of this year to file any replies they might have to the Prosecutions responses.
If a hearing is needed or requested for any of these documents/exhibits, that will take place in December before the new year comes upon us.
It is my assumption that D-184 through D-188 are the documents filed pertaining to CMHIP/Death Penalty, so if I am correct, the fact that only four motions were filed appears to be a good sign for the defense team. If the Mental Evaluation done on Holmes at CMHIP did not turn out in his favor I can only assume we would have had a flurry of motions filed and a potential attempt at a change of plea. There is still time for an attempt at a plea change for Holmes as the deadline for documents has just passed, but in my eyes that doesn’t seem likely given what I think is such a small number of CMHIP and Capital motions filed by the defense. December should tell us more.