James Holmes Could Be Given 'Truth Serum'
Plea due today in Aurora shooting
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

(Newser) – James Holmes' plea in the Aurora massacre is due today—and if he pleads insanity at the time of the shooting, he could be administered medication to confirm he's telling the truth. In a so-called "narcoanalytic interview," the defendant could receive inhibition-lowering drugs; these may include sodium amytal and pentothal, or what is sometimes known as "truth serum," reports the AP.

The judge in Holmes' case, William Sylvester, has approved the use of "medically appropriate" drugs in such an interview, as well as the potential use of a polygraph test. But Holmes' lawyers say both the narcoanalytic interview and polygraph test would violate Holmes' rights. Colorado law allows narcoanalytic interviews, an expert says. But she said it was unfamiliar to her: "It comes up so rarely."

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fractal
Mar 12, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
I think we should do a brain scan and bring in a lie specialist to boot. Put the results together with the polygraph and the truth serum, and see what we have. For too long, we have let criminals get away because there was no real way to find the truth. If we use all these methods, soon we will see how effective each is, and make a new science. Imagine how many rapist we can put away! There have been too many innocent people who have also been convicted wrongly, that could have been helped by this science. To ignore its good potential, just for a "principle" of rights, is silly. Pragmatism must rule, when we are trying to decide truth in a court of law, where so many people could be impacted.
ApolitickalExtremist
Mar 12, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
Truth about what? Did he change his underwear before he went out on a massacre?
savdavis
Mar 12, 2013 1:55 PM CDT
wOw,,,THIS COULD OPEN UP A WHOLE NOTHER CAN OF WORMS......but in his case.... he should not benefit from this.... anyone can stop their ACTION...just say no... and tell the evil spirit where to go ...