Insanity plea laws constitutional says Aurora theater shooting judge

Aurora theater shooting, July 20, 2012

Aurora theater shooting, July 20, 2012

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The judge in the Aurora theater shooting case says Colorado’s insanity plea laws are constitutional.

Judge Carlos Samour’s order on the issue was released Wednesday. Read the judge’s order here.

He ruled the insanity plea laws do not violate the U.S. Constitution, as James Holmes’ defense lawyers claimed.

A hearing is scheduled Friday where he judge is expected to decide whether to accept Holmes’ plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting at the Century 16 theaters that killed 12 and injured another 58.

The insanity plea laws require a defendant to cooperate in a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. Holmes’ lawyers argued the law violates their client’s right against self-incrimination.

Holmes is scheduled to appear in court Friday to be advised of the conditions of pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. The judge is expected accept or reject the plea after Holmes is advised.