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Mid-Michigan criminal defense attorney weighs in on alleged Colorado shooter

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -

(07/23/12) -- The alleged Colorado shooter made his first court appearance Monday.

What kind of challenges will James Holmes 'defense team face? We are hearing an insanity defense is the likely strategy.
    
Mark Clement, a local criminal defense attorney who has handled high profile cases and unpopular defendants, says if Holmes' defense team is going to try to prove he has a mental illness, they will have to demonstrate he wasn't aware that his actions on the day of the shooting were wrong and that will be a tough case to make.

Clement says he knows first hand what's its like defending someone so hated by the public.

In 2000, little Kayla Rolland was shot by a classmate. Clement defended the shooters mother.

Authorities say Holmes is refusing to cooperate with investigators, and that it could take months to identify a motive.
    
But Clement says most attorneys tell their clients to exercise their right to remain silent.

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