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Default Judge calls for mental health intervention in criminal justice system

Judge calls for mental health intervention in criminal justice system

SAN ANTONIO - "The recent commitment of accused cop killer Joshua Lopez to the state hospital for the criminally insane points to the need for more mental health intervention in the criminal justice system, said veteran state District Judge Sid Harle.

On Monday, Lopez pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel, who was shot during a traffic stop in summer 2014.

Lopez's lawyer, Joel Perez, said that countless red flags in his client's case were ignored.

"The easiest solution is to put them in jail instead of having a system where you commit them and they get help," Perez said.

Harle agreed that there should be a better way."

"Waiting is negative; hoping is positive. so try to wait with hope. This will help you remember that you're on your way to something worth waiting for."
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