nekom: I approve of calling him Sideshow Bob. His name is irrelevant. Whether he dies in prison, gets the needle or dies in a looney bin, I don't care.
Mugato: Firstly, the "Sideshow Bob" thing is lame. Second, of course his scumbag lawyer is going to tell him to plead insanity. The thing is, you have to be somewhat insane to kill anyone for no reason. That doesn't mean that everyone who kills someone for no reason deserves a cushy suite at Arkham Asylum.
Diogenes: Well, he still seems to have crazy eyes. But that was an awful lot of meticulous planning for a crazy defense.
Mega Steve: You don't have to be sane to be smart.
Mega Steve: Diogenes: Well, he still seems to have crazy eyes. But that was an awful lot of meticulous planning for a crazy defense.You don't have to be sane to be smart.
PunkTiger: He wired up his apartment to blow the place sky high if the door was opened. It was so intricately done, it took bomb experts a day or so to gtet it to the point where they could enter and start disarming everything. If he was coherent enough to do something that complex with malice aforethought, his insanity excuse should be null and void. Period.
Englebert Slaptyback: AarontologyWhy don't you pussies just start calling him He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?Voldemort?
Aarontology: Why don't you pussies just start calling him He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?
nekom: The Sideshow Bob thing is perfect.
Talos: I think the Public Pretenders are going the only route they can with Sideshow here. However, it will be a tough sell. From my understanding, using the insanity defense, you must prove that the perp was not capable of understanding what his actions were. Considering he meticulously planned the attack (including getting all dolled up in police-level riot gear) plus wired up his apartment to the point that it took EOD specialists 3 days to clear - appears he knew exactly what he was doing.
Jon iz teh kewl: what now are they gonna lock him up in a padded room? and he's gonna write "BART SIMPSON WILL DIE" on the walls with his MOUTH??
quantum_csc: OK, upon further research the youngest person shot was 3 months old. WTF is up with people bringing small children to a violent 3 hour movie at midnight?
quantum_csc: Who brings a 6 year old to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises?
nekom: Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe what they need to prove to quash an insanity defense is that he understood what he was doing at the time, and knew that it was wrong.I'm not a lawyer, but I have watched a lot of Law & Order, and I think you're right. His lawyers will have to try to convince the court that he wasn't able to comprehend right and wrong. The prosecution will try to demonstrate that he did still know right from wrong. From what we know about the case, there's a couple avenues the prosecution could use to try to demonstrate that...1. James Holmes wore a gas mask. The prosecution might argue that if someone tries to hide their face during a crime, it is a sign that they know what they're doing it wrong. The defense will probably say that James wore the gas mask not to conceal his identity, but either as part of the costume for his delusional fantasy, or purely for it's functional use.2. James Holmes threw some gas canisters. The argument might be made that James threw the canisters to lessen the ability of the crowd to resist his actions, and thus he must have known what he was about to do would go against the wishes of everyone there. The defense will likely counter, though, that that doesn't necessarily demonstrate that the defendant saw his actions as those on the wrong side of the encounter.3. James Holmes left the scene. Fleeing the scene of a crime is generally seen as a sign that someone knows what they did there was wrong. James, however, apparently only went outside behind the theater and then sat around there until he was arrested without incident. The prosecution will probably try to claim that James' initial leaving of the theater was an attempt to escape responsibility, while the defense will say that the fact the he hung around the theater and didn't resist arrest means he wasn't really trying to escape responsibility.
BigLuca: Fine, I'll do it[global3.memecdn.com image 500x293]
Epiphany: Calling him Sideshow Bob to take away his fame, in a headline, then linking to an article that shows his name, is retarded. You want to do something about spreading his fame? Stop green-lighting links that talk about him for tens of thousands of people to see.
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