Two: I know that it will be months if not years before James Holmes goes to trial. During that time, tax payer dollars will be wasted, probably by the millions, in keeping this criminal alive, healthy, educated, fed, tested, treated, represented, ad nauseum. It is the ultimate insult of any government to take tax dollars from a citizen and then spend any part or portion of those tax dollars insuring the good health and representation of the man who victimized that citizen. How dare they. How dare they take taxes from the surviving victims and the family members of those who died and spend ANY of those tax dollars caring for James Holmes. Every day the state of Colorado keeps him alive and warmly housed in prison is another added day of insult to the victims and their surviving friends and families.
Three: I believe we, in the United States, have the best legal system in the world. That said, I believe it has become so convoluted at times that it barely works. Certainly there are cases where the evidence is thin and questionable. But there are also cases where the evidence is overwhelming and the investigation becomes more of a circus show than a legal performance of duty. I’m sure there are good decent people in Colorado’s public safety community who want nothing more than to insure James Holmes is properly convicted and receives the maximum sentence. I’m equally sure there are a few people, or maybe even just one or two, who want to see this investigation drawn out as much as it can be so they can attain as much camera time as possible, increasing their chances to run for public office or ink a future book deal. Shame on them.
The news media will milk this event for months or years. Books will be written. Movies might be made. Documentaries will air. The large majority of all of it will be based not on the events as they occurred in that theater, but on James Holmes’ life history, the investigation, the life histories of investigators, victims’ life histories, cancelled future events, etc. In other words, the news media will milk this for every rating and ad dollar they can get and in the process completely get away from the true crime; the punishable event: The mass murder committed, and admitted to, by single man in a theater in Aurora, Colorado.
James Holmes needs to be insured his right to a speedy trial. At that trial, every survivor eye witness should appear and identify him as the culprit. Whatever excuse for his crimes his attorney wants to voice should be given its day in court. Then a jury comprised of intelligent adults should find him guilty and the judge should sentence him to death. This is one of the most clear cut examples of an easy prosecution and conviction we’ve seen in decades.
Rope is reusable. A bullet behind the ear is quick and efficient. Lethal injection, gas, electrocution, whatever. He did it. He admitted it. There are dozens of witnesses. Keeping this man alive and offering him the option to live if some lawyer can somehow twist the events of his life to get a modicum of sympathy from a single jury member is an insult to our justice system and a slap in the face to every survivor and every victim’s family.
End of rant.