It appears that the suspect in the Aurora, Colorado shooting it going to be drugged up in order to determine whether or not he’s sane:
The defendant in the deadly Colorado theater shooting could be given “truth serum” under a court order issued Monday to help determine whether he is insane if he pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.
Suspect James Holmes could be required to submit to a “narcoanalytic interview” as part of an evaluation to determine if he was legally insane at the time of the July 20 shootings, Arpahoe County District Judge William Sylvester said.
A narcoanalylitic interview is a decades-old process in which patients are given drugs to lower their inhibition. Academic studies have shown that the technique has involved the use of sodium amytal and pentothal, sometimes called truth serum.
If administering the drug will lower the suspect’s inhibitions wouldn’t it put any statements made by the suspect into question? Have we really reached a point in our society where people are willing to accept statements from a drugged up suspect? What’s to stop interrogators from telling the suspect what to say and record those statements as evidence? I don’t like where this is going, I don’t like it at all.