Theater shooting trial day 53: Start of the penalty process
Day 53 in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial – People vs. James Eagan Holmes. Today, the penalty phase of the case begins. The jury found Holmes to be legally sane and therefore guilty when he went into the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater and opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and wounding 70.
7NEWSThe judge in the movie theater shooting trial banned Newsweek from the court house premises for the rest of the trial.
by anica.padilla7/22/2015 10:44:01 PM
Why does it sound like deMONSTERative instead of demonSTRAIGHTive?? What's the right way to say it??
by Kristle7/22/2015 10:46:38 PM
They're arguing the slides clip art now??
by Kristle7/22/2015 10:46:44 PM
I was thinking that the Newsweek reporter might be looking for a new job.
by MyraJ7/22/2015 10:46:46 PM
Ah OK @Anica Thx!! Great link!!
by Kristle7/22/2015 10:46:47 PM
@fascinated - wow really?!? Is there an article out there on that case? that's incredibly disturbing!! So again I'll say... good for this jury to be thorough!
by colo7/22/2015 10:46:54 PM
The jury has gone home for the day and will return tomorrow.
by anica.padilla7/22/2015 10:51:39 PM
How bout neither sides uses the word "RISE" seeing how that is the only word in HUGE letters on all The Dark Knight Rises movie posters. Seems inappropriate to use that in this case....
by Me7/22/2015 10:51:44 PM
The bloggers that have been here for the duration of the trial understand about getting emotionally involved and having to step away from it.
by Kristle7/22/2015 10:51:55 PM
I thought that the jurors phones were held by court clerk, how are they finding out about tweets??
by Resa7/22/2015 10:51:58 PM
What's a but for? I'm sorry, someone had to say it!
by Me7/22/2015 10:52:00 PM
@polisalwaysright REally why do you feel the need to keep posting things about the foreman here?
by LG7/22/2015 10:52:04 PM
I haven't subscribed to Newsweek in over a decade but am thinking about how I enjoyed their magazine, lol. So it can be looked at as a "plug" for the magazine.
by Kristle7/22/2015 10:56:00 PM
@Resa: Great question!!
by Kristle7/22/2015 10:56:01 PM
Wasn't he already judged not insane at the time of the crime? Why is insanity still being talked about?
by Cindy L7/22/2015 10:56:08 PM
Assume all attorneys have also wondered if jurors are thinking they have to prove all points. Would love to think PT would bring it up to remind them.
by pcmamanim7/22/2015 10:56:12 PM
@polisalwaysright do you have a link?
by Lori J7/22/2015 10:58:21 PM
This blog is out of control! I think D7 has given up on us. So sad!
by Steve7/22/2015 10:58:25 PM
Colo-yes. It was in headlines very recently. Almost positive it was in CA. You can research it. The murderer set free was actually killed on the street hours later by a brother in law of a victim I believe...you can google "Double Jeopardy ", Murderer walks out a free man by mistake, jury mistake on verdict form sets guilty man free...
by fascinated 7/22/2015 10:58:36 PM
Wow is Higgs is sassy!
by Suzanne7/22/2015 10:58:38 PM
flip, have you ever seen a symbol of weighed justice without a blindfold on? It simply is a inference to staying centered, paying attentions, and not making decisions based on your feelings and emotions, because it is possible that they are untruthful.. the idea is to engage the senses, at the base level, iAll of our senses physically are guides to knowing some things, but can only inform the brain of what might be called higher ei. You can think on past experiences that you know because you saw. Justice, is never served by other people. The individual might follow choice or fate, but justice is often a social amenity where people can show their hatred and act self-righteous,tic towards any being that they don't understand. Called "fear" for practical purposes. I heard you. Yes, I have been terrorized and faced horror from someone like JH. Killing will not heal you.
by oxk7/22/2015 10:58:52 PM
Yes, I think, THINK, that AC might've caught on...
by fascinated 7/22/2015 10:58:54 PM
@resa & Kristie--I'm pretty sure that the juror saw this tweet during non-court time. There is no admonishment about having a phone or other communication devices during off-time.
by flip7/22/2015 10:59:00 PM
@Cindy L - I was thinking the same thing.
by Suzanne7/22/2015 10:59:03 PM
@PC They should have stated that in the argument.
by Lori J7/22/2015 10:59:05 PM
@LG It is extremely relevant to the outcome of the trial.. The jurors are real people with personal views, not secret people behind the scenes making the decision. Jurors are allowed to use their own personal views and even disregard laws in their decisions. This is why we are judged by our peers and not written laws.
by polisalwaysright7/22/2015 10:59:15 PM
You did a great job Anica ! Thanks and see you tomorrow !
by polisalwaysright7/22/2015 11:09:49 PM
Ah OK @flip
by Kristle7/22/2015 11:09:55 PM
@LoriJ Google his name
by polisalwaysright7/22/2015 11:09:59 PM
Newsweek used to be very forward for a mainstream magazine, Time magazine was always behind.
by oxk7/22/2015 11:10:01 PM
Flip: "Flip" the comments from you-know-who. Many of us have sadly survived pain, violence, death...it's no excuse to preach and react to so many, so strangely. This is a bunch of nonsensical soap-boxing. I, for one, can't even follow the line of thinking. Whatever. You can't reason with wonky.
by fascinated 7/22/2015 11:10:07 PM
by bob7/22/2015 11:10:09 PM
Polis-just review the voir dire video. No one hid anything. Shooter's attorneys approved each and every juror. Judge 100% involved. No conspiracy! It's all in the record. This judge is way too thorough to allow a prejudice like that to be involved if it was deemed relevant in any way. Again, the shooters' LAWYERS approved each and every juror; some saw Columbine as a bonus for either side. Just read the logs on 7 news...
by fascinated edited by anica.padilla7/22/2015 11:10:27 PM