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James Holmes’ Psychiatrist: Critical Questions

–Richard E. Vatz

     CNN within the hour:  “Shooting suspect James Holmes was a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist before last week’s attack at a movie theater that killed 12 people, according to a court document filed by his attorneys.”

     This fascinating news revelation requires the Howard Baker-type iconic question:  “What did the psychiatrist know of Holmes’ intentions and when did she know them?”

     If the psychiatrist had material knowledge of the impending massacre and, due to a false reading of medical ethics, withheld it, what will be the reaction of the criminal justice system?

     This may be a significant component of the story of Aurora.


Professor Vatz is a winner of the Thomas Szasz Civil Liberties Award

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