‘Batman’ Mass Killing Puts Insanity on Trial
Shooting up a crowded theater: insane, right? Were it so simple. The insanity defense has been shaped by assassination attempts on presidents and prime ministers, and could be refined again by the ongoing trial of James Holmes, the gunman charged in the 2012 killing of 12 audience members at a Dark Knight Rises screening near Denver. And unlike most states, Colorado gives the prosecution the burden of proving responsibility — despite mental illness — thereby upping the odds of another verdict sure to outrage the public.