Judge: Holmes’ attorneys can see their client
A federal judge issued a handwritten order stating that defense counsel for accused Aurora shooter James Holmes “shall be given reasonable access at least once per day with [Holmes] so long as he is held at the Arapahoe County jail.”
Public Defenders Daniel King and Tamara Brady filed a motion Thursday requesting immediate access to their client after they were denied access by Lieutenant Verlin Crecelius and Undersheriff Walcher at the Arapahoe County Jail. The motion argues that Holmes has a constitutional right to confer with counsel. They also asked for fines against Crecelius and Walcher.
A Thursday hearing was postponed until December 10 because Holmes could not appear after he suffered self-inflicted injuries by running himself into the wall of his jail cell in what law enforcement officers called a “half-hearted suicide attempt.”
The defense’s motion stated that his attorneys were “extremely concerned about the well-being of their client” and that they were denied any information about his welfare. Defense attorney Larry Pozner appeared astounded at the denial of access to their client. “We’re 200 years past the point when you can keep defense lawyers from seeing their clients,” Pozner said. “It’s inappropriate, it’s uncalled for and it’s out of line.”
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department would not comment, citing inmate privacy and security issues.
Holmes is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring at least 58 others. He is charged with 152 counts of murder and attempted murder.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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