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James Holmes in court on March 12, 2013 (credit: CBS)

James Holmes in court on March 12, 2013 (credit: CBS)

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings say laws on insanity and the death penalty are constitutional and don’t need any of the explanations requested by the defense.

Attorneys for the state filed their response Wednesday to motions by James Holmes’ lawyers saying the laws are vague. The defense also argues the laws violate Holmes’ rights by possibly barring him from calling witnesses to testify about his mental health during the trial’s penalty phase.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 at a movie theater in July. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

A judge entered a standard not guilty plea on Holmes’ behalf. He wants to change that to not guilty by reason of insanity.

The judge must approve the change after ruling on defense objections to the laws.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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