Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Judge bars filming of James Holmes exam, for now

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)DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has told a doctor not to video-record the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes, at least until a hearing on the matter.

The judge issued the order Friday after defense attorneys objected to the planned video recording. The judge plans a hearing this week, but hasn’t set a date.

The state mental hospital has said the doctor routinely video-records his examinations but didn’t say why. He offered to withhold the video from both sides.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people in the July 2012 attack. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The trial date is up in the air.

The judge ordered a second sanity evaluation after concluding that the first was flawed.

Source: AP

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lee c fairfax says:

Banning live coverage seems to indicate that judges are very unsure of their ability to control a courtroom and don’t dare let the public see their actions and rulings. The courtroom is supposedly open to anyone to watch every facet of every trial to make sure trials are fair and run by the book. In this, 21st century live, real time, broadcasting of every trial is the same as walking into a courtroom was for the previous centuries and should be universally allowed. I’m afraid that, without the clout of CTV fewer and fewer trials will be covered and broadcast.


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