James Holmes: Was he banned from CU or not?

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James Holmes.
Yesterday, in her courtroom coverage of the latest James Holmes hearing, Melanie Asmar quoted prosecutors as saying the accused Aurora theater shooter had been banned from the University of Colorado after he'd made threats -- and so did pretty much every other media outlet on the planet. Now, however, CU is denying that's the case. Why the disconnect?

Asmar opened her piece about the hearing with this paragraph:

Suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was banned from the University of Colorado in June after he made threats that were reported to the campus police, prosecutors said in court today. That month, he also failed his oral board exams, was told by professors that he should perhaps find a different path and began to withdraw from the school's neuroscience program.
She elaborated on this information with an allusion to prosecutor Karen Pearson:
Pearson said Holmes wasn't doing well in school and suggested that he wasn't living up to his own academic expectations. She said he failed his oral exams on June 7, which she said was "very much relevant to what happened afterward" -- including that Holmes bought guns and ammunition and rigged his apartment with explosives. Pearson said CU shut off Holmes's ID card after he made threats, but she didn't go into detail.
Yesterday evening, however, University of Colorado Denver spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said in an Associated Press piece that Holmes hadn't actually been banned from campus for making threats. Rather, his access to portions of the campus not open to the general public had been nixed because he was in the process of withdrawing from the neuroscience program.

This quick about-face has led to plenty of confusion in the press, as well as some awkward juxtapositions. Take this image from the CBS website, which features a link to a story about Holmes being banned from campus above an article saying that's not the case:

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Continue reading for our interview with Jacque Montgomery about James Holmes misinformation.

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I wrote of this in another blog, but I really believe Aurora should do the right and begin at least visiting the idea of moving his trial far from the immediate media INFECTED areas.

Just as the media has the right to report what ever the hell they want, and do, it seriously effects his right under our Constitution for a fair trial. His image hasn't left the statewide television news as well as papers since that horrific night.

This especially holds true if we get REAL forensics and learn many were hit w/ police gunfire. I believe they have already discovered this and are trying to figure out how to get it 'fixed' before the public finds out about their discovery.

Colorado makes millions housing prisoners from out of state. Aurora and Gov. Hick, could get together a trade off w/ another state to offset the costs of moving the trial to where John Holmes at least,  appears to be receiving a 'fair' judgement by his peers,  as is every American's right.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

@ C.W. Prosecutorial misconduct such as this (misinformation or complete fabrications) is exactly why many defendants who likely would have been proven guilty get off on legal technicalities. Be careful what you wish for.

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

@ C.W. Prosecutorial misconduct such as this (misinformation or complete fabrications) is exactly why many defendants who likely would have been proven guilty get off on legal technicalities. Be careful what you wish for.

Crystal Whitehead
Crystal Whitehead

Purposefully. To be honest, I don't blame her, the more reason to put his ass in jail or up for capitol punishment the better. Key-card access is strict on Fitzsimons Campus, if he was banned he wouldn't have been allowed into the research centers.

chill6759
chill6759

Wake up people!  The reason your attorney wisely advises you to never speak to the cops is because COPS LIE and SO DOES THE D.A.!

BrianMartinez
BrianMartinez

 @Juan_Leg It's not up to "Aurora", though.  The defense team has to file a motion for a change of venue and get the judge to agree.  I'm not sure they've done that yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

 

And I agree a change of venue would be in Holmes' best interest (if he wants anything resembling a fair trial, that is).  I doubt they would move it out of state, however.  More likely someplace like Pueblo or the Western Slope.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @chill6759 That is very, very true.  Never volunteer information, never make sarcastic comments, and never answer questions unless your attorney is present.  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @BrianMartinez I said Aurora ,  meaning the county.

I worked for a law firm for over ten years. I know procedure

and how crooked the system truly is and forever will be.....

chill6759
chill6759

 @Juan_Leg Do tell.  Having worked for a criminal defense attorney for many years, I believe i know of what I speak.  Telling me to "run along" is hardly contributing to the conversation.  How about elaborating why you find it necessary to deride me for my advice - advice, I might add, that I have never heard a criminal defense attorney disagree with?

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