(Image Source: The Denver Post)


 

BY MATT PICHT

 

 

It’s been almost a full year since a masked gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58 more. Now preparations are ramping up to put the man accused of the shooting, James Holmes, on trial.

 

Judge Carlos Samour has tentatively scheduled the trial for February 2014. The deadline gives medical experts an extra month and a half to evaluate Holmes’s sanity. (Via WTTG)

 

Samour outlined several rules for the upcoming trial in court documents published Thursday. One decision which is raising eyebrows across the state is the size of the jury pool.

 

KUSA reports the judge will issue 5,000 jury summons to residents of Arapaho County, giving this trial the largest jury pool in Colorado’s history, and one of the largest in the country.

 

CNN notes, “Asking more people than usual to come to court for high-profile cases is common in the U.S. justice system, given concerns many of them already know the story and have strong opinions about it.”

 

In what could be a major blow for the defense, Judge Samour ruled jurors will not be sequestered from the outside world during the trial, which could take over four months.

 

Judge Samour wrote jurors: “will not be able to have cellphones, tablets or laptops in the courtroom but can use them outside of the courtroom, as long as they don't use them to look up information about the case.” (Via The Denver Post)


But the judge did make some concessions for the defense, removing so-called prejudicial safety procedures in favor of less overt courtroom security.

 

“James Holmes will not be in handcuffs and shackles. Instead he will wear a harness under his civilian clothing, which will then be anchored to the floor. All but four deputies in the courtroom will also be in civilian clothing.” (Via KMGH)

 

Holmes’s defense attorneys have said they will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors say they will push for the death penalty when the trial gets underway.

Judge Lays Out Jury Rules for James Holmes Trial

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Jun 27, 2013

Judge Lays Out Jury Rules for James Holmes Trial

(Image Source: The Denver Post)


 

BY MATT PICHT

 

 

It’s been almost a full year since a masked gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58 more. Now preparations are ramping up to put the man accused of the shooting, James Holmes, on trial.

 

Judge Carlos Samour has tentatively scheduled the trial for February 2014. The deadline gives medical experts an extra month and a half to evaluate Holmes’s sanity. (Via WTTG)

 

Samour outlined several rules for the upcoming trial in court documents published Thursday. One decision which is raising eyebrows across the state is the size of the jury pool.

 

KUSA reports the judge will issue 5,000 jury summons to residents of Arapaho County, giving this trial the largest jury pool in Colorado’s history, and one of the largest in the country.

 

CNN notes, “Asking more people than usual to come to court for high-profile cases is common in the U.S. justice system, given concerns many of them already know the story and have strong opinions about it.”

 

In what could be a major blow for the defense, Judge Samour ruled jurors will not be sequestered from the outside world during the trial, which could take over four months.

 

Judge Samour wrote jurors: “will not be able to have cellphones, tablets or laptops in the courtroom but can use them outside of the courtroom, as long as they don't use them to look up information about the case.” (Via The Denver Post)


But the judge did make some concessions for the defense, removing so-called prejudicial safety procedures in favor of less overt courtroom security.

 

“James Holmes will not be in handcuffs and shackles. Instead he will wear a harness under his civilian clothing, which will then be anchored to the floor. All but four deputies in the courtroom will also be in civilian clothing.” (Via KMGH)

 

Holmes’s defense attorneys have said they will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors say they will push for the death penalty when the trial gets underway.

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