“The disparate reactions by the defendant to the two examinations speak volumes about the differences between the two reports,” Samour said in his ruling.
Dan Zook, who previously tried four death penalty cases as a prosecutor in El Paso County, came to the 18th Judicial District in early 2013 specifically to work on the trial of accused theater shooter James Holmes
“The Court’s orders disparage defense counsel and their advocacy and seem to personally attack defense counsel and the quality of their work,” she wrote.
In a ruling handed down Monday, Samour said he still plans for opening arguments to start in June. Samour added, however, that he said he might grant a short delay.
“There are 336 hours in a two-week period. Considering the manpower and the extensive resources available to defense counsel, and considering further how much notice the defense and its experts have enjoyed regarding deadline at issue, two weeks are sufficient to file any appropriate motions…” Samour said in a ruling released Friday.
Attorneys for James Holmes made the revelation in court documents released Tuesday that deal with what evidence the defense must share with prosecutors. The doctor’s findings haven’t been released
The evaluation, which will remain sealed, was delivered to the court Wednesday and the two sides are expected to receive copies of it this afternoon, Judge Carlos Samour wrote in an order released Wednesday
“Aurora should be proud of its response to the largest civilian shooting in U.S. history,” the report concludes. “The outcome could not have been better in terms of lives saved and a rapid arrest.”
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?