In December last year, Holmes’ lawyers informed the court they intended to argue a case of mental impairment, with plans to cite “expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition”.
The expert they wanted to bring to court was named in court documents obtained by Ars Technica as California State University psychology professor Mindy Mechanic, who specialises in “psychosocial consequences of violence, trauma, and victimisation with an emphasis on violence against women and other forms of interpersonal violence”.
The plan has somewhat backfired, with US District Judge Edward Davila instead saying Holmes should be evaluated by two doctors the Government will pick, for up to 14 hours over a period of two consecutive days.
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