Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Media object to secret sanity hearing for Holmes


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) — A coalition of media outlets is fighting to keep the courtroom open next week for a hearing about the sanity of Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes.

Holmes’ attorneys have asked the judge to bar the public and the press from hearing pretrial testimony from the psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes’ sanity.

The judge hasn’t ruled on the request.

Media outlets including The Associated Press filed a response Wednesday, saying the First Amendment guarantees access to pretrial hearings on a defendant’s mental health.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes underwent a mandatory sanity evaluation last summer. The conclusions haven’t been made public.

Source: AP

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Mike says:

I am sick and tired of the media making money off of ratings from these public soap opera trials on TV. The criminal becomes famous and the victim gets victimized over and over on the news. These events should not and do not need to be televised. End of story.

   

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