James Holmes case files: 37,000 pages, 436 discs, jail videos and more

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James Holmes.
In most cases, an order for prosecutors to make sure the defense team has access to all of their documents is commonplace. But there's no such thing as business as usual when it comes to the Aurora theater shooting.

In a newly released document on view below, 18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler asks the judge in the case to clarify his order about sharing items with defense, given that they've already shared 37,000 pages of documents and 436 discs -- and there may be a lot more than that.

The response notes that on April 10, Judge Carlos Samour, who recently took the court reins from original Judge William Sylvester, "indicated that the prosecution would be required to certify in writing that they have gone through the 'files' of all agencies participating in the investigation in this case and certify that all discoverable items therein have been provided to the defense in discovery."

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Judge Carlos Samour.
Samour doesn't have the authority to make such an order, the response argues -- but on the chance he actually does, prosecutors request clarification of what he actually means. After all, Brauchler's team is said to have supplied the defense with 37,000 pages of discovery documents, plus "198 other CD-ROM disks, 236 DVD disks and 2 Blu-Ray ROM Disks (436 total optical storage disks)." They contain "various types of information, including audio recordings, video recordings, business records, photographs, computer forensic reports, laboratory files, and other information."

Problem is, the various agencies involved in the investigation haven't all kept files, but have instead stored info on disks that "might only be readable to an expert with special software." The response adds that forensic computer analysis discs "contain thousands of individual files of various types, including photographs, electronic data that appears to be virtual gibberish to the untrained eye, messages, web searches" and more.

And that's not to mention approximately one-hundred discs of "video recordings showing the defendant while in the jail."

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George Brauchler.
As such, prosecutors ask if Samour wants them to, for instance, "individually review all optical storage disks in evidence (430 disks at this point in time) at a police department and to physically compare them to all optical storage disks that have been provided in discovery to make sure that they are identical in all respects."

Should the answer to that question be "yes," the prosecutors imply that they'll come up with a slew of objections to the order.

Another odd revelation from the document: The Aurora Police Department assigned a single individual, Detective Chris Fanning, "the task of managing discovery for this case, and this case only, on a full time basis from shortly after the commission of the offense until late 2012" -- and since then, Fanning "has continued to manage discovery on a part-time basis." The prosecutors say this is the first time such an assignment has been made in the history of the APD.

Look below to read the document in its entirety.

James Holmes Case: Response to Court's Oral Order

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "Aurora theater shooting suspect considering insanity plea: Read the motions here."

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MontyPython
MontyPython

We need to study this man before we kill him, for the love of God. Us Americans are so furious over the gun control thing, none of us realize that ignorance and naivety towards mental illness is the real issue here. These people wouldn't go on mass killings if we were better at helping them cope with their mind. If we quit putting such a negative stigma on mental problems, and people actually sought help before they span out of control, we might all be a little safer.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Hey, Fishie, stop with the whining and get over yourself. Also, other media outlets do the same. It's their freakin' job.

Christopher Fish
Christopher Fish

Hey WESTWORD stop using his picture and his name. Why can't ya'll be like the other media outlets and stop using his name

Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

so then anyone searching for news on the case would have to sift through a gabillion returns for 'defendant' because you think we can prevent atrocity with anonymity?

Chris
Chris

I think we need to use all of this content and the fact that the killer is still alive as a tool to examine what makes a person like this tick. Everyone is calling for his quick death. Frankly we should use tons of psychiatrists, scientists and batteries of tests nonstop to try and get some insight. Anytime one of these killers offs himself, we lose valuable information. 

Mozart99
Mozart99

Is there going to be an investigation of why police ignored the warning from the psychiatrist? i have to agree. take his photo down. i know the columbine survivors very well. they hate seeing the photos of the killers in the media.


Tracy Daigle Tabone
Tracy Daigle Tabone

His photo should be blurred if it cannot be removed and his name should be listed as "defendant" rather than James Holmes. This would take away some of the glamour from these assholes, pardon my language. If the media went about it this route it really would make a difference to a lot of people and the criminals wouldn't get their name recognized with their crime.

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

and all this to kill one man? ill sove this with a razor blade.

MontyPython
MontyPython

@Tracy Daigle Tabone Something tells me very few people do it simply to get their name in the papers...

tracou
tracou

@MontyPython - Agreed, but what would you rather see in the paper, online or on tv, the photo of someone who killed your family member or just an image like the one on the side of your name? My comment stated it would make a difference to a lot of people aka the victims of the crimes.

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