James Holmes will learn his punishment for 141 other crimes tied to this case in a hearing that begins Monday; these crimes include the charges for explosives planted in his apartment.Victims, families and the gunman will have another chance to address the court, similar to the other sentencing phase. The key difference is that there will be no jury in this hearing and the sentencing decisions will all be made by the judge.
Respectfully Judge, you can't sentence him to death. That's why she wonders why it wasn't allowed before jury deliberations. It's not polite to call her ignorant. It's a just question.
by Marsha Laurienti8/24/2015 4:40:03 PM
Love, love this judge!
by CLH8/24/2015 4:40:56 PM
SA-MOUR! SA-MOUR! SA-MOUR!
by Kels8/24/2015 4:41:23 PM
Then turn it off, Frank. She is allowed her opinions and she is allowed to say what she feels on that platform provided by the court. She's not saying it for your benefit, she's saying it for her own and her child.
by Marsha Laurienti8/24/2015 4:41:37 PM
What did Judge say?
by cheese and rice8/24/2015 4:41:45 PM
@ Marsha- the judge isn't speaking of ignorance here as being stupid. He is speaking of ignorance of the law process. and he is now explaining it all. This is an awesome judge.
by TLR8/24/2015 4:42:59 PM
Thank you judge for bringing clarity
by A.L.8/24/2015 4:43:27 PM
Yes he is a very awesome Judge
by Dkf8/24/2015 4:43:58 PM
@ TLR, I absolutely adore this judge. Don't get me wrong. I just think ignorant is a poor choice of wordage. She isn't ignorant of the process, she doesn't agree with the process. He's explaining it very, very well, I just didn't like the word ignorant. :)
by Marsha Laurienti8/24/2015 4:44:30 PM
I really LOVE Judge Samour.
by mama d8/24/2015 4:44:34 PM
I dont think the judge needs to explain anything.
by Tired8/24/2015 4:44:57 PM
Judge Samour is a very astute jurist. Definitely Supreme Court material.
by Keeter8/24/2015 4:45:17 PM
@ Marsha Laurienti : "Then turn it off, Frank. She is allowed her opinions and she is allowed to say what she feels on that platform provided by the court. She's not saying it for your benefit, she's saying it for her own and her child."
This is a public trial. An historical death penalty trial. I have a right to witness and a right to comment on this open forum. I'm glad Judge Samour is calling this witness up short.
by Frank8/24/2015 4:45:44 PM
"This isn't as simple as Ms. Pourceau made it seem to be."
by Phil Tenser8/24/2015 4:46:01 PM
Is he talking to US???
by mama d8/24/2015 4:46:48 PM
Judge seems a bit pissed.....
by Victoria8/24/2015 4:47:10 PM
@Frank...he hasn't spoken about her talking religion...he hasn't spoken about the length of her statement. And just as is your right to your opinion, she has her right to her statement.
by Marsha Laurienti8/24/2015 4:47:20 PM
by Tired8/24/2015 4:48:07 PM
was that just a MIC DROP???
by mama d8/24/2015 4:48:19 PM
Thank you Judge for clarifying the law to ALL the ignorant people. !!!!!!!! (And that's how you know it was justice).
by Kristle8/24/2015 4:48:23 PM
I think he probably is talking to the people in the audience
by Dkf8/24/2015 4:48:29 PM
by Sarah8/24/2015 4:48:46 PM
WOW. I love him. I hope he has kids, He would be an incredible father :)
by Emma8/24/2015 4:49:19 PM
Total mic drop! Love him! ❤️
by SNS8/24/2015 4:49:54 PM
Appreciate the judge's defense of the judicial system and the process of the trial - but chill out a bit already! (She was expressing her point of view - her feelings and it just happens to be of 'the process' not you!)
by Edy8/24/2015 4:50:22 PM
I think the judge did our state good by not just speaking to those in the courtroom but to those watching who might later on be the victim of a crime and need to know what the American justice system is designed to operate under. And frankly I agree with Judge Seymour that our justice system is the best in the world (even if flawed at times).
by Cindy L8/24/2015 4:50:29 PM
Jaw Dropping Samour.
by Scorpian8/24/2015 4:50:53 PM
"... just as is your right to your opinion, she has her right to her statement." Of course she does and I never denied it. I thought she droned on in a disrespectful tone, almost in contempt of court. I'm glad the judge called her on it. I hope the next 100 witnesses are more respectful of this process and not as self-righteously contemptuous as this one.
by Frank8/24/2015 4:51:05 PM
I bet he's frustrating to have as a husband,...hard to argue with! ;)
by SNS8/24/2015 4:51:11 PM
ruined. The sometimes incomprehensible rule of law. The judge is wise and learned, the people are within their rights to have feelings few others have gone through, and so cannot judge. The tragedy of this unthinkable act will go on for generations. My heart weeps for it all...I will be forever moved by the humanity shown by the prosecutors
by Totally understandable......8/24/2015 4:53:34 PM
Everyone grieves in their own way. We should respect that, even if we would do it differently.
by He scolded a victim.8/24/2015 4:54:06 PM
No commentary or replay on break?
by Tammy Garrison8/24/2015 4:55:30 PM
@7news do you know if this judge will be asked to do an interview after this process. Would love to hear him talk out of the courtroom
by Dkf8/24/2015 4:55:54 PM
I think the judge did a good job during the trial, but It's obvious that he wasn't listening to what this last witness had to say. In some ways our justice sucks. No one who commits a mass murder should get life instead of death. Colorado needs to repeal the insanity plea!!!!
by jbs8/24/2015 4:56:42 PM
I think there might be twelve jurors that MIGHT feel justice was served...the entire case rested on their shoulders for months.. Justice is ALWAYS in the eye of the beholder...just like beauty.....is not always what you see on the surface...you have to dig deep into the case to see if justice was given due process. I believe it was in this case.
by A.L.8/24/2015 4:57:10 PM
I betcha there are some speeches being revised right now...
by mama d8/24/2015 4:57:15 PM
Reading from a lengthy, wordy written document is not the most effective use of a victim impact statement, imho. Let's hope the rest of the victims are more direct and spontaneous in their statements and less disrespectful of the court.
by Frank8/24/2015 4:58:00 PM
@mama: Ha Ha Ha!! Yes, there's some edits going on right now in speeches.
by Kristle8/24/2015 4:59:23 PM
Betting there will still be more dissatisfied Victim statements still to come.
by Scorpian8/24/2015 5:00:27 PM
He could have made his point with more sensitivity for the victim.
by He scolded a victim.8/24/2015 5:01:55 PM
How in the heck was she disrespectful? The judge misunderstood her questioning the process and took it as an affront to himself.
by concerned8/24/2015 5:03:42 PM
The insanity plea is not the issue. Remember, he was found to NOT be insane. The mental illness argument can ALWAYS be made in such a heinous crime (how many of us have said or felt "you'd have to be crazy to do something like that!"? I believe, like it or not, that what this person said is what many feel. The judicial system is set up to value the life of the accused over the lives of the victims. Imperfect as it is, I also think we have a pretty good system in place.
by Suzi Lewis8/24/2015 5:04:03 PM
Love Samour,but wish he would have saved his lecture to when it was his turn to sentence the murderer..js
by Dennie Carp8/24/2015 5:04:11 PM
It is going to be a very long week in Judge Samour's court if it continues in this vein.