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Cameras Barred From Colorado Shooting Suspect’s Hearing

A judge is barring news cameras from the next court hearing for the man accused of opening fire at a movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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Reporters can still attend the hearing for James Holmes on Monday, when prosecutors are expected to file formal charges against him after an attack Friday that killed 12 people and injured 58 others in Aurora.

One video camera and one still camera were allowed for Holmes’ initial court appearance this past Monday, capturing images of a dazed-looking suspect with dyed red hair. KUSA-TV in Denver, The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio also wanted audio, video and photography coverage of the next hearing.

A judge denied the request Tuesday after weighing issues including whether such coverage would interfere with having a fair trial.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

VICTIMS’ FAMILIES URGE LESS USAGE OF SUSPECT’S NAME

Some relatives of people killed in the Colorado theater shooting are urging TV news outlets to resist using suspect James Holmes’ name and images in their stories. They fear it gives him the infamy he craves, and diminishes the memory of their loved ones.

Two families made that specific point to Anderson Cooper on CNN, who said Tuesday he has largely complied. Some news experts say journalists need to be sensitive but not lose sight of their chief responsibility to inform the public.

Cooper said he didn’t use Holmes’ name at all during his show Monday, instead using phrases like “suspect” and “accused killer.” He also limited the number of times the suspect’s picture was shown.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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