Dec 12, 2013 9:13 AM by Bethany Rhodes

First Amendment questioned in Aurora shooting suspect pretrial

DENVER - Media outlets are deferring to the First Amendment when it comes to viewing the pretrial of Aurora theater shooting suspect, James Holmes.

A response was filed on Wednesday saying that the constitution guarantees access to pretrial hearings regarding the defendants mental health.

Holmes' attorneys have asked the judge to ban both the public and media from pretrial testimony regarding his sanity.

The judge has yet to rule on this request.

Holmes took a psychological test over the summer, but those results have not been made public.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in an Aurora movie theater in July of 2012.





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