Judge Keeps Bulk Of Documents In Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Case Sealed

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Reuters
A Colorado judge on Monday ordered that the bulk of key documents detailing the case against accused movie theater gunman James Holmes remain sealed, largely rejecting a request by some 20 news organizations to lift the so-called "gag" order.

A sign is seen at a memorial for the theater-goers killed in the July 20, 2012 mass shooting, in Aurora, Colorado July 27, 2012. The third funeral in as many days took place Friday in this Denver suburb for victims of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a midnight screening of the latest "Batman" film. Several more funerals and memorials were planned for other victims for the weekend.

A Colorado judge on Monday ordered that the bulk of key documents detailing the case against accused movie theater gunman James Holmes remain sealed, largely rejecting a request by some 20 news organizations to lift the so-called "gag" order.

Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester did allow for the release of 34 documents, mostly relating to media motions and procedural issues to be unsealed.

But he ordered that the documents media members most wanted to see -- affidavits of probable cause, subpoenas, arrest warrants, search warrants, and requests for court orders for production of records -- be kept under seal.

Prosecutors have charged Holmes, a 24-year-old former neuroscience graduate student at the University of Colorado, with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.