Judge in James Holmes case denies request to overturn insanity law

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A judge ruled Friday that the request made by attorneys for accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes that included the court overturn a Colorado law on the insanity plea, on the basis of constitutionality, was denied.

KDVR reports Holmes’ attorneys were arguing the insanity law in question was too vague and could eventually serve to violate Holmes’ Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

The judge agreed, saying the defense’s argument was too reliant on “hypothetical facts.”

The judge also cited the fact that appellate courts have consistently upheld the insanity law in prior cases in his ruling.

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