Judge will allow Aurora movie theater massacre suspect's proceedings to be televised

Judge will allow Aurora movie theater massacre suspect's proceedings to be televised

Denver : CO : USA | Feb 05, 2013 at 3:45 PM PST
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On Monday Judge William Sylvester said that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during the arraignment of mass shooting suspect James Holmes according to the Denver Post.

However, along with Sylvester's ruling allowing the proceedings to be televised, the judge has also put tight restrictions in place. Only one video camera and one still camera will be allowed and there will be no audio feed from inside the courtroom. These will provide pool coverage for all media attending the proceedings.

Holmes' attorneys objected to the presence of cameras, saying that expanded coverage would deny their client his right to due process, a fair trial and a presumption of innocence.

This is the latest development in a case that has taken several bizarre turns.

In December, a fellow inmate of Holmes said that the accused shooter confessed to the killings and told him that he was the victim of a mind-control experiment that was conducted by his therapist. Holmes was a PhD student studying neuroscience with no previous criminal record.

A short time later, attorneys for Holmes petitioned for a subpoena to force Fox News reporter Jana Winter to reveal her source after she wrote a report containing information Holmes' lawyers contended violated a gag order put on the case. Dori Ann Hanswirth, an attorney for Winter has fired back alleging that Holmes' lawyers lied to the court in order to obtain the subpoena. A hearing will be held in April.

Holmes is awaiting trial on multiple charges including first-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20. The attack killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

tjlarson is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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