James Holmes’ defense team is blocking attempts by victims to gain access to the Dark Knight shooting suspect’s criminal file. For some inexplicable reason, the judge imposed a gag order, so members of the public know virtually nothing about the massacre in Colorado in July.
Why are the authorities being so secretive about this case? Why isn’t there more outrage about this obvious attempt to keep the citizens in the dark about what really happened?
Several victims are suing Cinemark, claiming the multiplex should have had better alarms and security guards on duty. Whether you blame the theater or not for the massacre, if anyone has a right to know what happened that night, it’s the victims. They’ve been through hell, and some even suffered life-threatening injuries. They’ll be reliving that awful experience for the rest of their lives.
Holmes’ attorneys are using some very twisted logic to keep those documents secret. According to them, the evidence will bias potential jury members against their client, making a fair trial virtually impossible. But, the former University of Colorado graduate student has already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, so how much worse could it get for him?
“There is a high likelihood that the release of this information at this early stage in the proceedings would jeopardize his right to a fair trial by an impartial jury, as protected by the Colorado and federal constitutions,” Holmes’ attorneys stated in a motion.