“I know most, if not all, of you reading this do not know who I am, but if things had gone differently for me over this past year, it is very possible you would know my name, for all the wrong reasons.”
What this kind of spurious secrecy says loudly is that state prisons are unable to keep inmates safe — from themselves or from others
“It’s the horrific amount of violence that was done and loss of life that’s very distressing to see up close, which you have to do to evaluate a case like this,” said Valerie Hans, a Cornell Law School professor who has studied juries.
“The trial is a part of the healing process, not just for the families who lost a loved one in the theater, but for the victims that survived and for the community as a whole,” he said. “It’s part of that process of tying up feelings and fears and frustrations.”
The gunman was sentenced in August to 12 consecutive life terms for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in July 2012. Jurors quickly rejected his insanity defense but they could not unanimously agree on imposing the death penalty.
“Nothing can ever make the victims whole for the harms suffered at the hands of the defendant,” Samour wrote in the order.
Prosecutors in a Tuesday motion asked a judge to force James Holmes to pay $954,878 in restitution as part of his sentence for killing 12 people and injuring more than 70 during a crowded midnight movie on July 20, 2012
Holmes is allowed to spend four hours in a day hall. No other inmates are in his cellblock.
“This is probably just the beginning of the merchandising and marketing of him from the murderibilia industry’s perspective,” Kahan said.