Now, how much of this landmark trial would you like to see for yourself? How important would it be to hear smart, educated professionals explain what they knew about Holmes, and what they did to alert others to a potential threat, and what they didn’t do?
The sheer scope of the massacre and these trial proceedings themselves have taken the characteristic of a war crimes trial. Holmes admittedly unleashed so much pain and suffering, the only questions left deal with whether he was psychologically incapable of stopping himself, how that could happen, and how is it he remained at large and able to pull off such an attack without others stopping him
As the one-year anniversary of Aurora’s worst day looms, the costs of the shooting — both emotional and financial — are only now coming into focus
Colorado must wade into the dilemma of how much personal freedom to sacrifice in order for the state to detect and act on those who create such a danger to the public.
It’s a chilling idea, allowing a government agency to look at us under a microscope and determine whether we’re just interested in guns and blowing off a little steam, or whether we’re the next James Holmes
Just as important is the fact that so many Colorado residents are under the erroneous assumption that the death penalty is applied evenly and fairly here. It most certainly is not.
To make their case, several of these rogue sheriffs announced earlier this year they won’t enforce Colorado’s new laws because they don’t like them or think they won’t be effective in keeping people from shooting each other.
What would improve public safety would be a massive increase in programs that prevent and treat mental illness, as well as programs to educate the public on when to intervene in the lives of those who are dangerously mentally ill, and especially those who have access to weapons
Telling officials they can release what they want until Simon says, “wrong move,” is a much greater threat to a fair trial than is a few well-worded orders that let government officials talk about already made-public evidence