Prosecutor Won’t Accept Holmes Plea in Theater Shooting; Cites Gag Order


Prosecutors in the Aurora, Co., theater shooting case say they are “extremely unlikely” to accept an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty unless they hear more details from him, reports the Denver Post. Holmes’ attorneys said Holmes has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence in prison without parole. They said the only thing preventing the case from concluding as early as Monday – the date of the next scheduled hearing – is if prosecutors decide to press ahead seeking the death penalty. Prosecutor George Brauchler angrily denied Holmes’ characterization of the plea offer and suggested that Holmes’ attorneys are not acting in good faith by disclosing it in a public court filing. Brauchler called the defense filing “unusual and unprecedented” in revealing plea negotiations to the judge and suggested Wednesday’s motion was a publicity ploy that violates the case’s gag order. Brauchler took issue with apparent comments made by the head of the state Public Defender’s office that were paraphrased in an Associated Press article. That, too, he said, violated the gag order. “The misrepresentation – now published by media outlets throughout the world – appears to be an attempt to deliberately prejudice the public, witnesses and victims against the People,” Brauchler wrote in a court filing.

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