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The decision to use it has been very controversial

A Colorado judge will allow prosecutors to interrogate theater gunman James Holmes using truth serum if he pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

Holmes is the suspected gunman involved in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado last July. Holmes has been charged with multiple counts of murder for the open shooting, which killed 12 people and injured another 58.

Colorado Judge William Sylvester ruled that prosecutors have the choice to use truth serum on Holmes in a "narcoanalytic interview" to determine whether or not he was legally insane during the July 20 shooting last year. But this is only if Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

A plea of not guilty had been entered for Holmes yesterday after his lawyer said that the defendant was not ready to enter his own plea. Holmes can later change it.

Legal experts have questioned Judge Sylvester's ruling, saying that taking away the fifth amendment rights of the defendant because of an authorization to use truth serum drugs will raise a lot of fifth amendment-related issues.

Also, a jury may object to the court forcing truth serum upon the defendant.

Medical experts have weighed in as well, saying that the defendant still has the ability to lie while using truth serum. They also said that truth serum would be effective at determining Holmes' current state of mind, but a short-acting barbiturate like truth serum would not indicate his state of mind during last year's shooting. It will only loosen him up to talk about it.

"First of all, people can still lie under the influence of amytal," said Dr. August Piper, a psychiatrist from Seattle. "More importantly, the person under the influence of the drug is susceptible to outside suggestion. To try and do this would be unlikely to yield useful information, and could pervert the course of justice by rendering the defendant susceptible to pressure."

It's unclear exactly which drug will be used, but experts predict short-acting sodium amytal.

Sources: NPR, CBS News

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This guy is scum, but
By mickrussom on 3/13/2013 12:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
Now we have the police state using chemicals to elicit the truth? Wow. Drones. Shrinking middle class. Chemically induced confessions. Massive debt and deficits. A ruthless banking cabal.

Welcome to police state USSA 2013.

RE: This guy is scum, but
By superstition on 3/13/2013 3:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
We've always been a police state. It's just that it's more obvious now than in the past, especially since our press is once again wholly corporate-owned.

Woodrow Wilson's administration jailed newspaper owners who published articles critical of the decision to become involved in the "War in Europe" (later known as WWI). There was an informant campaign where posters were posted by the government to bribe citizens into ratting out other citizens who said things critical of the government.

American citizens (of Japanese ethnicity) had their businesses and property impounded and were forcibly relocated to concentration camps under FDR's government.

The government poisoned alcohol with methanol during Prohibition, allowed poor kids to be warehoused in places like Fernald (including involuntary sterilization, feeding them radioactive food, et cetera) because the US was big into Eugenics before the Nazis were, and injected black people with syphilis to watch how they sickened and died over decades. That syphilis thing lasted into the 1970s.

In the 1950s, if you didn't follow the status quo, you'd be accused of being a communist and you'd lose your job and possibly end up locked up.

Local, state, and federal government conspired to undermine blacks and other minorities with things like redlining and predatory loans. I'll not even go into the murders of people like MLK.

RE: This guy is scum, but
By Florinator on 3/13/2013 4:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
We've always been a police state. It's just that it's more obvious now than in the past, especially since our press is once again wholly corporate-owned.

I agree. And it's funny how people think that there is more freedom in the US than, say, (socialist) Europe, but I heard someone say, the difference between (I think it was) France and the US is that in the US the people are afraid of the government and in France the government is afraid of people. If you follow politics in Western Europe at all you will see how many times governments change within one term because people take to the streets for various reasons.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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