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James Holmes hearing: Mustache, outburst, no decision on unsealing files

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James Holmes.
A judge did not decide today whether to unseal the court file in the case of James Holmes, the 24-year-old charged with opening fire at a July 20 midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, killing twelve and injuring 58. Its unclear when Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester will issue a ruling.

A consortium of media organizations asked that affidavits, warrants and motions in the case be made public, but neither the prosecution nor the defense wants that to happen.

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Dr. Lynne Fenton.
Holmes's defense attorney, Daniel King, said doing so would harm his client's right to a fair trial. For instance, he said, a released motion that talked about Holmes's relationship with a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, where he was a grad student, "caused a flurry of activity and speculation." King described the psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, as someone Holmes "turned to to get help with his mental illness." It was one of a few times that King referred to Holmes as mentally ill.

King also said allowing public access to the documents would be unfair to the victims. "These poor people suffered immeasurable harm through no fault of their own," he said.

At his first court appearance, Holmes appeared sleepy, as if he was struggling to keep his eyes open. Today, he appeared more alert. His hair is still a blend of neon orange and faded pink, though his brown roots are beginning to show. He's also sporting facial hair: long sideburns and a mustache. At one point, he scanned the audience, which included more media than victims, his eyes wide. For much of the hearing, he sat with his hand folded in his lap, tapping his thumbs together. He seemed to be paying attention, if not actively participating in his defense.

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Judge William Sylvester.
Prosecutors argued that this is not an ordinary case because there are so many victims and witnesses, hundreds of whom have not been interviewed by police yet. Unsealing the court file would interfere with the ongoing investigation, they said. "Our overall argument, judge, is just not now," said prosecutor Jacob Edson.

About halfway though the hearing, a woman sitting near the back stood up and shouted at the judge. The woman, who was wearing a red dress and had a shaved head, said she had information "vital to the defense" and had tried to give it to Holmes's attorneys but was unsuccessful. Sylvester said he couldn't make the public defenders speak to her. She was holding a spool of blue ribbon and a stack of yellow papers with writing on them in her hands. "It will do the victims's families justice to have this information," she said before being escorted from the courtroom.

After she left, Shane Medek, the brother of victim Micayla Medek, mumbled, "It's a fuckin' circus in here."

Outside the courthouse, Medek said of Holmes, "He was such a coward. He wouldn't look me in the eye." The attorneys at the hearing spoke about ensuring Holmes a fair trial, Medek said, "but where's our fairness?"

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "James Holmes in court: Mentally ill or faking it?"


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

More comments disappearing under livefyre -- the comment counter at the top of the page indicates 14 comments, but the comment section and counter at the bottom of the page indicate 2 comments, one posted directly by "chris_killz" and another carried from Facebook by Virgil Dunn.

 

All others have disappeared.

 

Is this a Beta test?

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I have not quite decided with whom I am more fearful, the occasional Holmes-type nut job or the head-banging lunatics calling for his impaled skull. Despicable as he appears, he deserves lawful trial before an impartial jury. If he's found guilty as charged, well then.....

Mannick D Pres-Saint
Mannick D Pres-Saint

@ Quiny Thomas: Keep downing that Alex Jones specialty Flavor-Aid. @ Vic: Were you looking in the mirror when typing that? Methinks so. @ Michelle Hayes: Only after you block yours first.

chris_killz
chris_killz

    In America they can just set you up and give you a secret trial now?  This is BS and everybody knows it.  Some people are just scared to speak up or too lazy.  Does anyone even know why he's guilty? 

    Did you hear a single witness identify him?  Oh no because of the gas mask.  Ok, what about the gas mask that was found 60 yards away from where they found Holmes? 

    I mean, this case has holes are over it.  I can't believe how lynch mob-like people are acting when they probably haven't even looked into the facts of the case for themselves.

    Or, if they have, they must not be that smart. Because any sane, logical thinking person can see that there are so many unanswered questions right now, no one in the general public should be making any kind of assumptions about who did this, just based on the unrealistic and implausible theories that the media and police are pulling out of their ass.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Mustache? Outburst? Seriously? That warranted a portion of the headline? What is this? TMZ? I say keep the files sealed so there is no chance of a mistrial based on a biased jury. We, the public, can wait for the trial to be over to get all the info.

Hanamichi Kurotsuchi
Hanamichi Kurotsuchi

I have a feeling that this guy is not sane and doesn't mean what he say.

chris_killz
chris_killz

I wonder why Holmes "defense" team turned someone away who had information that was vital to the defense.  There are all kinds of weird things about this case that aren't adding up, so it is extremely suspicious the way they sealed this case so early.  Really makes me wonder what they're hiding here.  I've seen a bunch of videos on youtube already out about some of the weird lies and inconsistencies going on here.  Just type in Aurora Gas Mask Knife on youtube and there's a bunch there.

 

Here's a couple of the videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe1J0wjK16U

There's even a mini documentary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8YJz6UBWSI

 

It’s funny too how they tell the truth in a way, if they they release any of the evidence from this case to the public, it is going to jeopardize the trial. The researchers out here are gonna go over it with a fine tooth comb, a million times more then his own “defense” will.

I wonder why Holmes isn’t talking to his attorneys and claiming his innocence. Is he still being drugged? Who is giving him these drugs? Why is he acting crazy? Is someone this crazy as he is acting even capable of such an advanced operation? He can’t even talk or tell what’s going on? How the hell was he making sophisticated bombs? Is that possible? Is this the state he was in when he supposedly carried out the crimes? He’s either heavily drugged, or putting on an act imo. It seems to much like they want us to think he’s putting on an act tho. They are being so shady about this whole thing, it raises a lot of suspicions considering all the funky shit going on with this case.

Michelle Hayes
Michelle Hayes

block out his creepy face, we don't need to see it

Quincy Thomas
Quincy Thomas

this aint the same dude they caught that night! this guy's nose is to skinny, the other dude had a wider nose!

ADF9
ADF9

 @DonkeyHotay right click on '21 comments' at the top and it will bring up the page with all 21 comments.  don't make sense, but it works.

bhaug1
bhaug1

 @chris_killz ... are you nuts? seriously.. the only thing that needs to be discussed about this case is the help for people who are clinically insane. We've already made it clear that terrorists can be held for any amount of time without being properly tried. this was just put into law this year. quit talking about legalitites you fucking idiot. this is an absoloutly insane man who killed 12 people and mr "conspiracy" needs to give us his opinion.. shut the fuck up YOU'RE SO DUMB GO TO SCHOOL! lol..

KYS.
KYS.

 @chris_killz No. Any sane, logical person would realize that there are a thousand other more rational explanations for the so-called gas mask discrepancy  -- like police kicking it aside or throwing it in the melee that ensued.  And your arguments about his bombs? you can find that information on the internet in less than a minute. Otherwise, what is unrealistic or implausible about what went on?

 

That one man could plan conceive of this and pull it off? Writers come up with much more twisted scenarios than this all the time, and pulling a trigger on guns aimed at unexpecting targets in the dark while sitting isn't really sharpshooting.

 

Finally, if you're trying to tell us that there were multiple people sophisticated enough to  frame this fucktard and pull all this off and at the same time be sloppy enough to leave behind huge clues like that-- then you truly aren't sane. 

 

Grow a fucking brain man and listening to unintelligent people playing armchair CSI Aurora while really just pulling moronic shit out of their asses. 

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @chris_killz If things aren't "adding up," it's because you done smoked yourself retarded, derrrrrr.  2+2=derrrrrr

megan.e.caldwell
megan.e.caldwell

@chris_killz First off,Those videos are pathetic. They make no sense at all. Secondly, you wrote: "I wonder why he isn't...claiming his innocence?" Are you fucking kidding me? Third: He is acting crazy because he has a mental illness. He was capable of making bombs because he was intelligent.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @chris_killz 

 

Get some mental health therapy before you become the next headline.

.

chris_killz
chris_killz

 @KYS. Police Chief Oates said himself that the suspect almost got away, and easily could have, if he would have had the right gas mask on.  I think the shooter had to make a hasty retreat because the police response was so fast. 

I believe this event was botched and a total fail in some way.  Things did not go off as planned, if this was an operation of some kind.  They seem to be in major damage control mode right now, hence the sealing of the case.  I think the police made a major mistake in this case that they don't want to admit and don't want people to find out about. 

 

I covered this and many other points in my 16 videos I've produced on this subject so far.

 

chris_killz
chris_killz

 @KYS. Police Chief Oates said himself that the suspect almost got away, and easily could have, if he would have had the right gas mask on.  I think the shooter had to make a hasty retreat because the police response was so fast. 

I believe this event was botched and a total fail in some way.  Things did not go off as planned, if this was an operation of some kind.  They seem to be in major damage control mode right now, hence the sealing of the case.  I think the police made a major mistake in this case that they don't want to admit and don't want people to find out about. 

 

chris_killz
chris_killz

 @KYS. So now suddenly the gas mask is a huge clue?  Oh ok, thanks for your acknowledgement.  :) 

You're saying 2 opposite things at once, and I'm not sane for asking questions and not buying bullsht stories, ok dude.

chris_killz
chris_killz

 @BackOffImStarving  Once again, angry off topic answers.   I wish someone here was intelligent or informed enough to have a serious debate.  I feel like this conversation is a little one sided.

chris_killz
chris_killz

 @megan.e.caldwell  @chris_killz Sorry they only make sense to people with a certain level of intelligence.  I don't dumb down my content for slow people like you.  You'll hear about it once all the people who matter notice it.

chris_killz
chris_killz

Are you talking to me?  How is it crazy to not judge someone guilty without having hardly any facts and a story that doesn't make sense.  Sorry I'm not an idiot and I can tell when I'm being lied to.  My bad for being able to use something called logic, it's a certain way to figure things out for yourself without being told how to think.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @chris_killz The intelligent and informed know that you need help or someone to talk to, at the very least.  You're bored and frustrated about not being born with exceptional intelligence or talent.  You compensate for this and try to get people to pay attention to you by creating scenarios in your head that make your boring life more interesting.  In your universe, I'm sure your paranoid rants and random screenshots of vague "news" articles make sense to you.  They have to, otherwise you have to return to your bored, frustrated existence where life isn't the X-Files conspiracy theory that many bored people fantasize about.  If you feel the conversation is a little one sided, that's because it is.  There's the reality side, and then there's your side.  Most people are on the reality side, which is why you feel lonely and why you can't get anyone on this blog to agree with you.  Seriously, dude.  Get some help.  I really think you should talk to a professional if you actually believe the stuff you say in your videos and on blogs.  Please consider it,

bhaug1
bhaug1

 @chris_killz  look at your twitter account.. & you'll see the amount of time this guy has spent just looking at the internet & trying to go against public news opinions of the shootings.. clearly you're deranged. you've spent weeks now putting your bullshit  on anything from the washington post to tmz.. do you not see how crazy that is.. get a fucking life man.. WOW. literally you have pages of bullshit on this. how do you even have the time to troll around the internet thinking people care about your posts, you have no comments on any of them, that have anything to do with your facts, all responses are "your crazy as fuck" give it up...

:| head shaking at you.

bhaug1
bhaug1

 @chris_killz neither can you... go get some credibility you internet TROLL!

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @chris_killz Research from the internet on the computer in your mom's basement.  That's not research, junior.  Any moron can make a video.  Any moron can make paranoid, delusional statements and try to create something from nothing.  Most intelligent, well-adjusted people know that you need to adjust your meds.  Get help, chris_kills, or maybe read a book, take a walk, pet a kitten, volunteer, do SOMETHING that actually makes a difference or betters yourself.

bhaug1
bhaug1

 @chris_killz lmaoooo get a job. or start going in the right direction.. what possibly do you think you could do about this investigation aside from spam your stupid ass opinion all over the internet.. come on now.. go take a criminal justice class if you wana spend all this time being "mr top notch detective" who can tell when the media is "wagging his tail" no shit the media is full of lies..

chris_killz
chris_killz

 @KYS. Why don't you tell me the last time you personally, can remember the media lying about something?  I want to see what you say.  Name a specific example, I can.

chris_killz
chris_killz

 @KYS. No actually I made those videos and did the research myself you dumb idiot.

KYS.
KYS.

 @chris_killz If the story doesn't make sense to you, then yes... you are an idiot and no, you clearly have no idea when you are being lied to or when reality is slapping you in the shit-stupid face.

 

Unless you're down there at the theater doing your own investigation you aren't finding anything out for yourself, you are just repeating what you saw on youtube --  ironically of images culled from clips from the media who are apparently lying to you all at the same time.

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