First Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. sentenced James Holmes to a sentence of life, without parole, plus 3,318 years. That is the maximum allowed by law. Next, reports AP, reprinted in the New York Post, the Judge instructed the deputies, "Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please." Many in the courtroom cheered.
Obviously, neither that Judge nor the majority of those in the courtroom had empathy for Holmes. The mentally ill frequently suffer greatly. Those giggles and smirks usually reflect disturbed thought processes, not scorn about what is going on.
In addition, the Ameican justice system punishes them for what they didn't realize at the time was against society's rules or harmed others.
Holmes was out of his right mind before, during, and after he murdered and injured human beings in that Colorado movie house. But I can understand this inability to forgive.
Until I was in my late 30s, my mother was, like Holmes, not in her right mind. Growing up in that house was a nightmare. But she did recover some sense of right and wrong as she aged. She had asked my forgiveness. That was after years of being estranged from her. On a measured basis, I did resume the relationship. But it has taken 3 decades after her death to forgive her. Studying Buddhism has helped open my heart.
It also may take decades for the Judge and those in the courtroom to forgive Holmes.