Holmes judge says no to more pri­vacy re­quest

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DEN­VER | The judge in the Colorado the­ater shoot­ings has re­buffed a re­quest by the de­fense to fur­ther limit pub­lic ac­cess to doc­u­ments in the case. The rul­ing was dated Fri­day. At­tor­neys for de­fen­dant James Holmes had asked the court to stop post­ing doc­u­ments online and deny pub­lic ac­cess to tran­scripts and the docket, a weekly sum­mary of court de­vel­op­ments. They ar­gued pub­lic­ity would make it im­pos­si­ble to find an un­bi­ased jury.

Me­dia groups ob­jected, say­ing the de­fense didn’t show Mr. Holmes was hurt by online doc­u­ments or by pub­lic ac­cess to the tran­scripts and dock­ets.

The judge agreed. He noted many doc­u­ments in the case re­main se­cret.

Mr. Holmes pleaded not guilty by rea­son of in­san­ity to charges of killing 12 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 70 at an Aurora movie the­ater in July 2012.

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