Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Courtroom cameras sought in theater shooting trial

This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is returning to court as his lawyers challenge possible trial testimony about computer analysis and data. A judge is set to hear arguments about the issue beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 when he opened fire on a packed movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in 2012. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — News organizations are asking a judge to allow one video camera and one still photographer in the courtroom during the Colorado theater shootings trial, but prosecutors and the defense object.

The judge will hear arguments Monday.

Attorneys for news organizations including The Associated Press say cameras would improve public access to an important trial and wouldn’t be disruptive.

Prosecutors say victims would be subjected to unwanted and hurtful attention and that witnesses might change the way they behave.

Defense attorneys say cameras would violate defendant James Holmes’ right to a fair trial by making witnesses worry about public reaction if they gave testimony considered favorable to Holmes.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of murder and attempted murder. His trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8.

Source: AP

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