Judge orders CU not to release Holmes docs

Thursday's ruling blocks school from releasing documents requested by media, including accused shooter's emails

By BRANDON JOHANSSON, Staff Writer

A judge today ordered University of Colorado not to release normally-public records regarding accused theater shooter James Holmes.

In an order signed today, Judge William B. Sylvester sided with a prosecution request that he bar the school from releasing records from Holmes, including emails using his school email address.

Prosecutors argued that releasing the documents, which they had not yet seen, could hinder the prosecution.

Under Colorado law, school records like those requested by several media outlets are typically public, but the law allows a judge to step in and seal in certain situations.

Holmes, a former neuroscience student at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus, is being held in the Arapahoe County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder after last week’s shootings at the Century Aurora 16 theater left 12 dead and 58 injured.

Prosecutors said in their motion they expect to charge him with at least 12 counts of first-degree murder, several counts of attempted and other crimes at a formal sentencing Monday.

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