Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Both prosecution and defense accuse media of harassing victims


Concerns over media interference in the case against the Colorado movie theater shooter have prompted both the prosecution and defense to ask a judge to close all crucial documents from the media and public records.

Prosecutors allege that the media has been targeting and harassing victims, while the defense said that the media is using the victims as “cannon fodder.” Judge William Sylvester granted the press access to 57 previously sealed documents in September. The defense has also accused the prosecution of leaking sealed evidence, in violation of a judge imposed “gag-order”, including a new mugshot and the contents of a notebook sent from the shooter to his psychiatrist.

James Holmes, 24, is currently held at a detention center in Arapahoe County as his defense team and medical personnel continue to assess his mental condition. He has yet to enter a plea, although an insanity defense appears likely.

Holmes is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater on July 20, during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 people and injuring 59 others.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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