James Holmes case: Read letters that his defense team sent to victims

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Prosecutors in the Aurora theater shooting case deny that they are discouraging victims from talking to lawyers for gunman James Holmes. In a recent motion (on view below), they claim they've told victims they're free to speak with Holmes's lawyers if they choose -- though they add that some victims have balked at the defense's attempts to contact them. Prosecutors say several victims have become upset by such contacts and have asked them to intervene in order to stop Holmes's defense team from sending them letters. But prosecutors say it's not their place to do so.

Prosecutors are responding to a motion filed by Holmes's attorneys in June that accuses them of sabotaging the defense's credibility with the victims. As proof, Holmes's attorneys pointed to an e-mail sent by prosecutor Lisa Teesch-Maguire in May. The e-mail, they argue, implied that Holmes's defense team isn't to be trusted and that defense efforts to contact victims have been "to manipulate, trick and lie" to them.

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James Holmes and defense attorney Daniel King in court in June 2013.
But prosecutors say that's not true. They claim they've repeatedly told victims it's normal for the defense to reach out to them and that Holmes's lawyers are just doing their jobs. "Needless to say, even this response from the District Attorney's Office further distressed some of the victims in the case," prosecutors write in their motion, "because they had hoped that the District Attorney's Office would help stop these defense communications that were causing some of the victims additional anguish."

The defense communications include a letter (on view below) that Holmes's attorneys sent to victims in November 2012, four months after the shooting that left twelve people dead and seventy wounded. In it, Holmes's lawyers invited victims to contact them with questions or "to let us know if we ever offend you." The letter ended with this: "With the holiday season coming upon us, we realize that this could be an especially painful time for you and your family. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time."

Continue for more on how Holmes's attorneys have contacted victims.



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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

James Holmes was a "law abiding gun owner" ...


... right up to the moment he pulled the trigger.



Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

I hope and pray someone snipers this waste of time, oxygen, tax payer money, etc... Why law enforcement didn't waste this asshole on sight is beyond me. He doesn't deserve a trial, he deserves a bullet between his eyes.

James O'hagan-Murphy
James O'hagan-Murphy

Grace Lorraine, are you correcting Barry Rogers? Because he used "it's" properly.

Barry Rogers
Barry Rogers

The defense attorneys should NOT be allowed to contact victims or surviving family members. Of course it's easy to trash letters or delete emails without reading them, when the source is known.

Jeri Shepherd
Jeri Shepherd

The defense is doing its job, and the attempts by the media to make a mountain out of a molehill are troubling. Do any working journalists actually understand the criminal justice system and the importance of a thorough and effective defense?

dudleysharp
dudleysharp

Hope this helps.


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Maya O'Boyle
Maya O'Boyle

Judging by the nature of these comments, I can safely assume that none of you have taken the time to fully look into and understand exactly how our criminal justice system works, particularly regarding the facts of this case. The reality is that James Holmes has been found insane twice: the first by defense hired experts in order to enter his plea of insanity, and a second time at the state hospital in Pueblo. After all, why would prosecutors object to his initial insanity report if he had been found sane? Obviously, this complicates the public's eager cries for this man's death (which you have all shown in the comments). The UN Commission on Human Rights "urges all states that maintain the death penalty not to impose it on a person suffering from any form of mental disorder; not to execute any such person." It is literally a violation of the United Nations to execute this man (and, in my opinion, any other person, but that is a different story for a different day). Now, I don't know if any of you suffer from a mental illness, or if you have family members that do, but I can assure you that psychosis is no walk in the park, nor is it a "ploy" to get people acquitted of crimes. Psychosis, and mental illness in general, is just as real and serious as any other medical condition, i.e., cancer or diabetes, because that's exactly what it is- A MEDICAL ILLNESS. The amount of ignorance and ableism I see regarding this case is astounding; shame on you if you believe that this man could not be psychotic and have planned this crime- if you think that psychosis only exhibits itself in drooling, unkempt people running around screaming at voices in their head, I strongly urge you to go read a book on the issue or speak to someone living with a psychotic illness (because guess what? They can live normal and productive lives too!). Psychosis is a thought disorder, in which the sufferer is disconnected from reality; it affects HOW you think, not your ABILITY to think. As for the issue regarding the defense contacting the victims, it seems that, as of recently, this case has become a battle between the two sides to discredit and sabotage the other, instead of focusing on what really needs to be done: assisting the victims and getting help for a very sick young man that was denied the mental healthcare he deserved and so desperately sought out. My heart breaks for the victims of this case, but I also cannot help but feel sadness for James Holmes and his family. To quote Alyssa Reyans, "you cannot outrun insanity, anymore than you can outrun your own shadow."

Dena Sue
Dena Sue

Oz was not prison reality. Or even close to it. Good Lord.

Kathryn Beauchamp
Kathryn Beauchamp

I am experiencing anguish knowing he can contact the victims family. Put him in the death chair and call it a day

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Far too many readers are willing to flush the Constitution in favor of an Iranian/North Korean "justice" system.  This is America!

Every indication this assault weapon carrying right wing gun freak is guilty as sin.  American Constitutional justice will prevail.

Nate Barrett
Nate Barrett

Unreal. Our justice system is pathetic. Shave this fuckers beard and shove is down his throat. Problem solved.

Bob Troutman
Bob Troutman

Death penalty cases invariably cost more than keeping the prisoner alive in prison.

Jeri Shepherd
Jeri Shepherd

Really??? You would prevent the defense from doing their job to investigate?

Miri Ladenburger
Miri Ladenburger

Doesn't anyone know that it costs more money to execute someone than life without parole? Seriously, why can't we just lock him up and throw away the key. Prison is a death sentence and cheaper than a long dragged out trial, years waiting on death row (with endless appeals), and the final execution (if it actually happens). I know he is a waste of human flesh, but the death sentence is a fucking joke. They won't give him anything he can kill himself with because it's "not cool" for him to do it himself? Wtf is wrong with this picture? Stop wasting tax money on him and give him something sharp next time he's in a room alone. Maybe he'll end it for free!

Ashley Garcia
Ashley Garcia

Just kill the dude nd end hus life already dont nobody care or feel sorry for this ass hole

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... perhaps you'd be happier living in Syria.

Iluska
Iluska

Well, as long as we are correcting people, the asterisk goes before the word in footnotes, not after.

Iluska
Iluska

Exactly, lawyers need to provide a zealous defense. Even for the guilty, this is what separates 'Murica from the Europeans (excluding the UK).

nicoleincos
nicoleincos

Good questions. I don't see how they could be more tactful.

Lauren
Lauren

 "It seems that, as of recently, this case has become a battle between the two sides to discredit and sabotage the other"

Really? Two sides of a case trying to discredit and sabotage each other? Maybe YOU don't understand the law, that is the entire point of winning a trial. And, I'm sure the families of those killed and those living with the memories of that night are really concerned about finding him help. Let him BURN.  

haloguy628
haloguy628

Insane my ass. Holmes is an ultra intelligent psychopath who planned all his actions to the last detail. Including the angle on claiming insanity in order to get committed to mental hospital instead of getting the death penalty. After few years there would be miraculous recovery and then he would petition for release. I say no dice. Pump Holmes full of death juice because that's all he deserves.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Just another bleeding heart liberal.  I sure hope you and your ilk are not on the jury.

jenmoon1
jenmoon1

I understand your point  to a certain ex-stent  but keep in mind he had as much forethought put into this to pickup guns weapons ammo to  walk into a movie theater in shoot that's still a lot of planning also as someone with mental illness i can tell you it doesn't resolve personal responsibility 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@Lauren But first he must be convicted by a good old all American liberal justice system trial.

Or do you think the Constitution only applies when it is warm and fuzzy to apply it?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@haloguy628 Saying that he is "ultra intelligent" is just your unsuccessful way of trying to lie and deny that (R)eagan Homles is one of your fellow assault weapon of mass destruction carrying right wing gun freaks.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues In conservative nations like Iraq or Saudi Arabia, they don't worry about those mean old liberal juries.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga You saying he is proves he isn't.

Nothing quiet says right wing gun freak like assault weapons of mass destruction....you know, the weapons that right wing gun freaks put in his hands by fighting ANY regulation, as is CALLED FOR IN THE 2ND AMENDMENT.

haloguy628
haloguy628

@muhutdafuga Nice and convoluted liberal argument. As usual with you liberals, an argument based exactly on nothing and a whole bunch of conjecture. 


Which means that in comparison to Holmes, who is ultra intelligent based on his education progression, you mofo are exactly the opposite. That means ultra dumb in case you can't comprehend what I just wrote.


It was nice to chat mofo. Hey if you have any other idiotic fantasies of yours that you want to get educated about and get straightened about, don't hesitate to reply.

haloguy628
haloguy628

@muhutdafuga Yo mofo. I doubt that Holmes picked his name himself. 


Looks like you did not think this through. As usual, but that's OK. Maybe next time, send me a PM to consult me before you post another stupid drivel for all to see. I like to help dumb people.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Quiet is something you should explore.  I suggest you communicate nothing 'till you have something worthy to say.  That moment has yet to come.

haloguy628
haloguy628

@muhutdafuga How long it took for you to memorize those talking points? Bet must have been long and very hard for you, however I just want to point out something to you, you don't seem to understand.


When they give you the talking points with equal signs in them, they want you to expand on the one word points and form complete sentences.


Well I understand that you are operating on more primitive level than the run of the mill acorn and media matters geniuses so I will not hassle you about it. Now run along!

haloguy628
haloguy628

@muhutdafuga The logic in my reply obviously is too much for your level of cognitive abilities. My bad, let me put in in more understandable form so your limited abilities can cope.


The names Eagan and Reagan are unrelated no matter what your primitive mind is telling you and no matter how many times you put the letter R in parenthesis in front of it.


ABC erroneously reported that Holmes had affiliation with Tea Party. Erroneously (that means wrongly) and they did post correction and admitted they were wrong.


Breitbart reported erroneously (again at your comprehension level that means wrongly) that Holmes was registered as Democrat. He too posted correction later.


Holmes in reality is an unaffiliated (that means not connected or not member of) with any political party.


Now I understand that you may not be able to process this many words at one sitting. I suggest that you solicit (that's ask for) help from somebody with more gray matter (that's brain). Maybe that guy who ties your shoes every morning.



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@haloguy628 @muhutdafuga In it's simplest form, it boils down to this:  The sale, ownership, and use of right wing assault weapons of mass destruction = conservative.  Banning these weapons that are the favorites of mass killers everywhere = Liberal. 

You advocate for these weapons, you own the results of these weapons.

Or are you ready to have SERIOUS background checks, and banning weapons designed to kill MANY people.

Now run your mouth.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@haloguy628 @muhutdafuga Anyone that believes known liar breitbart is either an idiot or worse yet, a conservative.

Your "logic" is pretty basic and simple, but I'm sure you're proud of it.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Kind of how all you can do is smear, you cannot refute anything.  That applies to conservatives and governance.  They can lie, they can whine, they can lie some more, all the time showing how much they hate America and good Americans with their words, attitude and behavior. 

Good readers might believe fishingrainbow is unusually obnoxious.  Truth is, he is pretty typical of today's conservative.

haloguy628
haloguy628

@muhutdafuga Thank you for your confirmation of your inability to comprehend written word. Focus on the word erroneous.

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