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    CO - James Holmes Trial Discussion - Begins April 27, 2015 # 1

    Jury selection to begin in trial of James Holmes in Colorado theater massacre

    It will have been 914 days since authorities say Holmes burst into a packed suburban movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora, tossed a tear gas canister into the crowd and opened fire. The first panicked 911 call came at 12:38 a.m. on July 20, 2012.

    The gunshots came less than a second apart, round after round, until 12 people were dead and more than 70 others injured, some permanently, in the barrage of shotgun and semiautomatic gunfire let loose during a screening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight

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    The Holmes trial is expected to last much of 2015; jury selection could take until late spring. And should the death sentence be imposed upon Holmes, now 27, legal experts predict two decades of appeals.

    A staggering 9,000 summons were mailed to prospective jurors in Arapahoe County. It is a net so wide that in a county with about 500,000 eligible jurors, nearly 1 in 50 residents could receive notices.

    But first a jury must be seated.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...119-story.html

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    "Last month, his parents, Robert and Arlene Holmes, broke their silence to issue a statement expressing sympathy with the victims but also saying their son "is not a monster." They pleaded for his life to be spared: "He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness."

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...119-story.html
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    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/01/1...eater-shooter/

    Jury selection begins tomorrow

    "....It could take until June to find 12 jurors and 12 alternates who were not biased by the widespread news coverage of the shooting."
    "Trail could run until October".......(something like the Arias case)
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    This blog post includes a pdf with the instructions that will be read to the jury pool.

    http://blogs.westword.com/latestword...on_preview.php

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    The Holmes trial is expected to last much of 2015; jury selection could take until late spring. And should the death sentence be imposed upon Holmes, now 27, legal experts predict two decades of appeals.But first a jury must be seated.
    A staggering 9,000 summons were mailed to prospective jurors in Arapahoe County. It is a net so wide that in a county with about 500,000 eligible jurors, nearly 1 in 50 residents could receive notices.
    So when does the threshold of ridiculous absurdity get crossed? Where is Captain Obvious when you need him? Holmes is obviously mentally deranged and unsafe. Lock him up forever and stop this insanity! It just gives more attention to his crime which could encourage other psychos to copycat for the attention. Sheesh! As a society, we love to flaggelate ourselves with stupid legal processes. NO ONE BENEFITS!

    "Let's summon 9000 people so we can filter through them and deploy them to decide whether Holmes is insane. And if they find he isn't, let's spend the next 20 or 30 years debating it in appeals courts."

    Duh.

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    This image really says something about the nature of this trial:

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    Trial will be televised from a live-feed in court room. No still pictures in courtroom, no media cameras in courtroom:

    http://www.westword.com/news/james-h...rtroom-6051865

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    When is the trial supposed to start?

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    Judge in Colorado theater shooting case will allow holding-cell video of James Holmes
    Published February 25, 2015

    Jury selection is ongoing, and opening statements could happen in April or May.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/02/25...l-video-james/

    Aurora movie theater shooting case: Judge agrees to redact parts of James Holmes' 2nd sanity exam
    Feb 25, 2015

    Earlier, the defense filed a motion asking to "suppress and/or exclude and redact certain exchanges he [the defendant] had with Dr. William Reid during the second Court-ordered sanity examination, which was video recorded."

    While the prosecution opposed the motion, the judge agreed to redact some portions, but not everything the defense wanted.

    In the court order, the judge listed four general objections and more than 20 specific objections that took more than 40 pages to write. All of the objections were blacked out in the court order released to the media.

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...nd-sanity-exam


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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-massacre.html

    They believe their son was having a psychotic episode during the killings, and should therefore be spared death in his trial, which is due to begin on April 27.

    Mrs Holmes begged the prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in an entry in her prayer book, which she published earlier this month and is selling for $15.

    Just seems the timing of this book sale is "off"; imo. And it feels like it's disrespectful , in a way.

    I understand the Holmes feel their son is not a monster, but his acts were certainly monstrous and showed cunning and planning -- not a psychotic episode , and he didn't just suddenly 'snap'. Again my opinion.

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    Here is a website on school shooters. Very comprehensive. Dr. Peter Langman considers James Holme as a school shooter despite the fact that he attacked a movie theater.

    Though Holmes was not a school shooter, he was a student shortly before his attack. He was hostile toward his university, threatened people, and could well have committed a school shooting. Why he did not do so remains a mystery. He fits several patterns I’ve found among school shooters and he is discussed briefly in my book School Shooters.

    https://schoolshooters.info/james-holmes




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    A 19-woman, 5-man jury was seated and sworn in this afternoon. 12 jurors, 12 alternates. Opening statements begin Monday, April 27, 2015.

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    Among those chosen are a union plumber; a woman who cares for her elderly parents; a woman who once worked at a detox center; and a woman with depression. Also on the jury are a Denver Public Schools employee, a teacher and a man who was a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings who said he could be fair despite having been childhood friends with the shooters and the prom date of a victim.

    http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/28794811/jury-seated-in-colorado-theater-shooting-trial?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
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    Will there be many of us following this one? I am ready to move on past Jodi Arias...

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