The headline by AP, reprinted in Mashable, blares that James Holmes mother, Arlene Holmes, still loves him. Duh.
Of course, she does. The kid is sick, as in mentally ill. If my sometimes erratic rescue dog harmed others, I would still love him. For both Holmes and my dog their brain chemistry is off.
So much of the media coverage of the two phases of the trial - guilt and sentencing - ignores the reality of mental illness. Science still doesn't seem to have a handle on predicting it, correctly diagnosing it, and then providing effective treatment. Yet, the legal system is treating the opinions of scientists as fact.
Holmes' wiring got frayed. Mental health professionals were unable to restore him back to a functioning state. In the interim he murdered and injured other people. Because of that he will be mandated to die or to spend the rest of his life in prison. How arrogant the U.S. legal system is.