James Holmes Dubbed Mentally Ill by Defense Team

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James Holmes made another appearance in court today, as a hearing was held to listen to arguments from media outlets who believe a judge should unseal various documents related to the July 20 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Both sides - the prosecution and the defense - actually prefer to keep these documents away from the public while the case is pending.

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But while a decision was not made regarding that issue, Holmes' attorneys did show their hand a bit:

They asked for prosecutors and investigators turn over every shred of evidence in their possession in order for the alleged killer's legal team to make a determination.

"We cannot begin to assess the nature and the depth of Mr. Holmes' mental illness until we receive full disclosure of all the documents," a lawyer told the judge, hinting they will pursue an insanity defense.

Holmes faces 24 counts of first-degree murder. The state has not revealed yet whether it plans to ask for the death penalty.

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@jen you sound like an ignorant racist.

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James was going to a doctor for mental health issues. Many mentally ill people are very smart. There are different parts of the brain that control your actions. Don't be so quick to judge without all of the facts. I am not excusing his actions.

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These sick (but not mentally ill) ppl who take the lives of innocent ppl and dont value life, ALWAYS claim they are mentally ill! To me, if this scumbag was, he couldnt have planned all the details plus write letters foreshadowing the shooting, be accepted into the masters program etc. ITS A COP OUT! He scared to die in the death chamber like he deserves! What a coward! And as far as the media outlets go....Let the Prosecutors office do their job! U dont need to know everything! Thats why ppl are getting off and being found not guilty....The media spins stories in order to make $$$. Somethings shouldnt be released. Leave it be! This guy deserves to never see the light of day again! Dont screw it up for the government!!!

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I thought this fool already plead guilty. :| Game over.

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Surprise the insanity defence