July 23rd, 2012
11:38 PM ET

Questioning Aurora suspect's sanity

Experts say the Colorado theater shooting case is likely to drag on for a long time. Jeffrey Toobin, Mark Geragos and Mary Ellen O’Toole discuss the evidence in the trial of the shooting suspect.

Former FBI profiler, O’Toole, says there are three myths surrounding this case that she wants to set straight.

Myth 1: Someone who engages in such extreme violence cannot also be extremely intelligent
Myth 2: Someone who engages in this kind of extreme violence has to be ‘crazy’
Myth 3: Someone who engages in this kind of extreme violence must come from a dysfunctional family

“Those are three myths I think are being put out there and they’re simply not my experience in working these kinds of cases,” O’Toole tells Anderson.

CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explains the logic behind an insanity plea. “If you don’t know what you’re doing, if you think you are chopping down a tree when you are killing someone, then you are legally insane.”

However, Toobin tells Anderson that in this case, purchasing the weapons beforehand, “would certainly argue against a finding of insanity because it suggests he knew what he was doing at least in terms of buying guns to shoot them.”

Criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos says that Colorado does have the death penalty, but it is rarely used. “If you’re ever going to have anybody who is a candidate for the death penalty this would seem to be the poster child,” he tells Anderson.

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