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11:25 AM on 03/28/2013
Bring him to TEXAS... no questions asked, the needle will be in his arm at 12:01...
11:25 AM on 03/28/2013
A person may not plead guilty to charges carrying the death penalty. It's not allowed.
In those cases where the defendant wants to, the judge would still enter a not guilty plea, and force the trial. The system can only execute a person who has been convicted. You can plead guilty to a charge carrying life in prison, but you can't be executed from a guilty plea.
If the prosecutors accept the plea, then game over, and he gets life. If they don't accept it, then he's eligible for the death penalty, but they take a chance on an acquittal at trial, or not guilty by insanity. I'm glad I don't have to make the decision.
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karaokequeen6157
11:21 AM on 03/28/2013
oh so he will plead guilty too save his own life, what about the lives he took, i bet he didnt listen to any pleas from them. Maybe he should have thought of the consequences before pulling that trigger, same way with jody arias, asking what would happen to her if she did it, well she sure didnt think of travis , did she, she was mad he didnt want her and she wanted to make sure no one else could get him, if she couldnt have him, and travis was abused, she wasnt
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1fromcolumnA
11:48 AM on 03/28/2013
But Jodie is innocent.
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thankulord13
Believing absurdities one will commit atrocities
11:20 AM on 03/28/2013
Wow what a day Adam Lanza story, followed by Jared Loughner and not this James Holmes character, what a depressing day of news.
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chris2387
12:03 PM on 03/28/2013
when is it not a depressing day of news? I'm so tired of these media folk focusing on negative crap. It's really not doing the collective consciousness of the country any good.
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thankulord13
Believing absurdities one will commit atrocities
03:15 PM on 03/28/2013
I agree but I was watching CBS This Morning and it was one right after the other.
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jimmyh51
11:19 AM on 03/28/2013
Screw him
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Emily Pawulak Houston
lion doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep
11:19 AM on 03/28/2013
Maybe if consequences for criminals was harsher than a roof over their head, meals, tv and medical care, they'd think twice about committing horrific crimes (or any crimes). what happened to stoning?
11:46 AM on 03/28/2013
ACLU
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Emily Pawulak Houston
lion doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep
02:58 PM on 03/28/2013
the ALCU stands for many things that I believe in, but when it comes to prison conditions I have little care or sympathy-Don't do the kind of BS that gets you put in prison and you won't have to worry about it.
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SpeakupNation
Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the livi
11:53 AM on 03/28/2013
We are a country with standards set out by the US Constitution. You might be more happy living elsewhere. Might I suggest Saudi Arabi, Iran or China?
12:20 PM on 03/28/2013
Duh ? Not for criminals ...
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12:41 PM on 03/28/2013
The Constitution forbids "cruel and unusual" punishment. It doesn't set out any standards beyond that. Certainly, I don't recall TV privileges being laid out in the text as a prisoner entitlement.
11:10 AM on 03/28/2013
How many times have I asked this question and haven't had a definitive answer?

WHAT mental illness does james holmes have? Apart from his defense team and family-who knows?
12:00 PM on 03/28/2013
None. He doesn't have any mental illness. If he did, they defense would be going to trial to prove it. Being a spoiled brat who decided to take his spite for flunking out of school out on a threater full of movie-goers is not a mental illness. This guy deserves the firing squad. Let the last thing he experiences be bullets going through him, just like his 5-year old victim felt.
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BlueLily216
Rest In Peace Sandy Hook
11:10 AM on 03/28/2013
I have a friend who is adamant he was a MK-ultra experiment gone awry. No, I'm not joking, and don't even get me started on his stance on guns!
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SpeakupNation
Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the livi
11:54 AM on 03/28/2013
Sadly that sounds about right. Some people will accept even the most absurd notions rather than face reality.
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AVoiceInThe Darkness
Darkness is your candle - Rumi
11:09 AM on 03/28/2013
A plea deal offered by the defense indicates the prosecutor is not interested in making an offer, right? He is toast.
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Devvel MetrouWitch
11:00 AM on 03/28/2013
If there was ever a poster face for the death penalty, it would be this guy...
Better yet, wrap a noose around his neck, id like to see what funny facial expression he would have as he was hung....He really is weird, and I mean that in a bad way, I normally tell my kids being weird is ok and cool, but not in this sense, I have no doubt he is mental, but that shouldnt keep him from death and hastily so..... Devilwoman
11:46 AM on 03/28/2013
The worst comments I've read about this story, so far. Go and hang your head-in shame! "I'd like to see what funny facial expression he would have as he was hung". Your words are, quite simply revolting.

I'm sorry for his victims family. Truly, I am. Two wrongs do not make a right.

Have you given no consideration to the possibility that a member of james holmes family reads the comments posted on these pages?

I hope your kids grow up with a better attitude towards mental illness than you have.

By the way, NONE of your children is exempt from mental illness. One of them could do what james holmes did.

Imagine reading a comment from a stranger about YOUR CHILD that read "I'd like to see what funny expression he would have as he was hung".

You seem to be devoid of mercy. Therefore, I assume you're a bible bashing Christian?
12:49 PM on 03/28/2013
I meant to write "I'm sorry for the victims families".
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Devvel MetrouWitch
03:30 PM on 03/28/2013
I'm a pagan witch and you seem to be about stereo types and perhaps some self loathing as well.
Devilwoman
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debinoregon
10:59 AM on 03/28/2013
Although I am uncomfortable with the death penalty, I also don't think our tax dollars should be spent housing and feeding Holmes for the rest of his life. Granted, it may have been mental illness causing him to act, but his actions were meticulous including booby trapping his apartment to inflict more damage. He deserves no mercy in my humble opinion.
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BlueLily216
Rest In Peace Sandy Hook
11:11 AM on 03/28/2013
Usually they say that in order to use a mental defect defense you had to have committed your crime in the heat of a moment. Surely over the weeks he was planning this he had lucid moments and doubts, yet he chose to soldier on.
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Nicole Douglass
New England writer and editor.
11:50 AM on 03/28/2013
If you're worried about tax dollars, you should know it costs more to put someone to death than it does to imprison them for life.
11:55 AM on 03/28/2013
Not really if they would just get it done it would cost no more than .50 for the bullet
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galndixie
Proud Graduate of The School Of Hard Knocks
10:56 AM on 03/28/2013
You know what would be good for him? Every single day that he is in jail he should sit in a big dark room watching that same movie, and every day someone should randomly fire a gun into that room, really close to him. Let him wonder if/when they'll hit him.
gwithc
I don't talk to trolls, only at them
10:50 AM on 03/28/2013
why isn't prison enough? why the bloodthirst?

y'all must be too ignorant to realize executing him won't help the situation at all.
11:51 AM on 03/28/2013
But it will save a ton of our tax dollars!!
10:39 AM on 03/28/2013
Nobody he killed had a choice. Execute him.
10:35 AM on 03/28/2013
This sorry excuse for a human has absolutely no right to anything BUT the death penalty!! Tax dollars are already to tight and to have to feed and house another person FOR LIFE is NOT a fair judgment for those taxpayers who are given NO CHOICE in this matter. Rehab is totally out of the question with any one this evil and demented. It is also a slap in the face of all of the family members of those whose life he took. HE sits in jail where his family, should they choose to visit, CAN while all of family members of his victims get to go to the cemetary. People tend to forget about them and their families because, being dead prevents them from reminding the court of their plight, and the unfair way their lives were cut short because of this jerks decision to go out and shoot people because of what he saw done in a movie! Time for that old fashioned hanging again....people would think twice if they knew what their fate would end up being. Why worry, when a life sentence gives them a private room, library, gym and good medical care!! Time for a reality check there bleeding hearts!!! Make them see the carnage he caused and those who refuse a death penalty should have to be the ONLY ONES required to CARE FOR AND FOOT THE BILL FOR THAT LIFETIME LOCKUP, not the taxpayers!
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Nicole Douglass
New England writer and editor.
11:52 AM on 03/28/2013
It costs more to execute someone than it does to imprison them for life. If you want to execute the guy because you think it's just, say that. It has nothing to do with tax dollars.
07:35 PM on 03/29/2013
What facts do you base this on??? Supporting one on death row for 25-30 years lets say, to one lethal injection???