09/15/2014 Order Regarding Defendant’s Motion…
"For those who know me or have heard me speak, you know I measure time in Fridays. This Friday will mark the 112th Friday since my son Alex Sullivan was murdered on his 27th birthday in the mass shooting at the Aurora movie theater along with 11 others.
After Alex’s death, when the wakes and funerals were over and the news trucks left town, I was left to figure out my own way of dealing with the loss of a loved one. Reading and re-reading the cards and letters offered me some comfort, but there were just too many questions left unanswered and an overwhelming sense of confusion about how this happened to me. I wanted to know how we as a society got to this point. And more importantly, I wondered what I could do to help make a change.
I began to go to the Colorado State Capitol to hear the discussions on common-sense gun legislation. I stood in line to testify on bills, like the one that would require background checks on all gun sales, and shared my experience about the effect gun violence had on my family and me.
During this time, my wife, daughter and I also met with our Representative, Mike Coffman, who represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, which is also home to the Century 16 movie theater. He was courteous, showed compassion and asked us lots of questions. But what he didn’t offer was any solutions. Since then, I have sat down with Congressman Coffman on at least three separate occasions in Aurora. I also visited his office in Washington, DC with two other parents whose children were killed in the theater shooting. You might think after all of this time Rep. Coffman would have shared his plan to curb these acts of senseless gun violence plaguing our community. But he hasn’t. After all this time, Rep. Coffman is still the one asking questions.”
Defense attorneys in the theater shooting case have asked the judge to force five anonymous witnesses to testify.
Aurora theater-shooting survivors denied access to sealed records http://t.co/eIdbF6SGB0/s/6nH3 #aurora
Shit, we’re all mentioned
EDITORIAL: Cameras in the Holmes trial let the country fathom justice after mass shootings - Aurora Sentinel
Like almost never before, a video camera in the courtroom is critical to not only ensuring a fair trial for Holmes, but that the trial is fair to the public in its need to understand what justice will mean in this case and future cases like it
There are some interesting points made in this editorial.
DENVER - A federal court judge will permit a series of lawsuits to continue against the owner of the Century 16 movie complex in Aurora. Various plaintiffs have alleged Cinemark should be held partially responsible for the shootings in July 2012 that left 12 dead and 70 injured.
Friday, US District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson denied Cinemark’s request for a summary judgement, a critical step for plaintiffs who would like to see the case head to trial.
The plaintiffs represent families of some of the fatalities as well as some of those injured in the attack.
Cinemark had sought to dismiss the case early in part because it had no way of knowing that a gunman might enter the theater that night.
In seeking summary judgement, Cinemark argued it “neither knew it should have known of this danger because the danger was unforeseeable as a matter of law.”
In his ruling, Judge Jackson said plaintiffs have “come forward with some evidence suggesting the risk of an ‘active shooter’ was not unknown to Cinemark” due, in part, to active shooter procedures recommended to Cinemark as early as 2009.
Plaintiffs have also introduced a 2012 Homeland Security report that suggested terrorists might try to attack theaters and similar mass gatherings.
The ruling, as evidenced by Judge Jackson’s ruling does not ensure success on the effort to sue Cinemark. Near the end of the ruling, Judge Jackson asked, what a reasonable theater might have done before July, 20, 2012, even if it recognized “it might happen to us.”
"Holmes’ assault was hardly a random event," said Judge Jackson.
James Holmes is set to go to trial in the criminal case in December. The trial, should it get underway, will last months. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes’ public defenders have argued he was legally insane at the time of the crime.
(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
The Aurora Police Department and two of its officers are fighting subpoenas for internal disciplinary files being sought by the defense in the movie theater shooting case.
Interest in the Holmes case
Would you guys mind taking a quick survey on the Holmes case? It’s to do with the left-hand/right hand ratio of the followers :D