Judge Rules No Cameras for James Holmes Next Court Appearance
Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester entered this order today denying the media's request for expanded media coverage (audio, video and still photography) for Aurora shooting suspect James Holme's advisement on Monday. The hearing is open to the public and media who want to attend in person. The hearing is to advise Holmes of the charges the DA has filed against him.
A federal law enforcement source has leaked details to the media of the specifics of the explosive devices inside Holmes' apartment: [More...]
The floor and carpet were soaked with gasoline, meant to catch fire. The blaze would be started by different containers, each with different chemicals that when knocked over by a trip wire and mixed together, would trigger fire.
The floor was also littered with mortars about the size of a cannon ball, according to the source....The source says the theory is the suspect wanted the gas to catch fire, in turn causing the bullets within to explode, scattering shrapnel around the apartment like grenades.
Also described by the source:
On top of the refrigerator was what’s described as a fireworks igniter box with numerous wires coming out of it. It was similar to one that would be used to set off fireworks in professional shows.
According to the source, all of the items can be purchased lawfully on the internet.
Also, Tactical Gear weighs in, affirming its belief in the Second Amendment, after some misinterpreted its earlier statement on the shootings. Some will disagree with this statement,
I personally believe that if some members of the audience had concealed carry weapons at hand that night perhaps less blood would have been shed.
But I don't see how anyone can disagree with this one:
No amount of gun control is going to prevent a sociopath hell-bent on terrorism from hurting a large group of people.
As I've opined before, if Holmes couldn't get guns and ammo, he would probably have relied on explosives and caused a lot more damage.
Colorado does not have lax gun laws. Nor does the federal government. As our current Governor says:
“I’m not sure there is any way in a free society to be able” to stop a deranged individual from assembling a deadly arsenal, Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said today on CNN’s “State of the Union.” If there were no assault weapons available and no this or no that, this guy is going find something, right?” he said. “He’s going to know how to create a bomb.”
While some Democrats are predictably trying to politicize the tragedy by calling for gun control measures they've supported all along, so far President Obama, to his credit, is not in agreement. Of course that could change at any moment, but I predict, when he does address it, he'll take the usual middle ground: enforce existing laws and close some loopholes. No one should expect him to push for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.
Asked by a reporter aboard Air Force Once as the president flew to Aurora, Colo., where the theater shooting occurred last week whether the gun lobby precludes any sort of policy response in terms of access to firearms, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president "believes we need to take steps that protect Second Amendment rights of the American people but that ensure that we are not allowing weapons into the hands of individuals who should not, by existing law, obtain those weapons."
"But the president's view is that we can take steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them under existing law. And that's his focus right now," Carney said.
Fear of new gun control laws does have one predictable result: A rush to buy guns.
Update: Another sign court orders mean little to law enforcement when it comes to restrictions on extra-judicial comments:
The law enforcement sources spoke on condition of anonymity after a judge placed a gag order on virtually everyone in the criminal justice system with knowledge of the investigation and the case against Holmes.
The Court's order restricting extra-judicial comments is here.
A. From the date of this Order until the completion of the trial or disposition without trial, law enforcement officers shall not release or authorize the release of any extrajudicial statement for dissemination by means of public communication, if the law enforcement officers know or reasonably should know that it will have a substantial likelihood of prejudicing a criminal proceeding. Law enforcement officers and agencies are subject to the same restrictions as set forth above for attorneys in Section I regarding extrajudicial statements
....The Court Orders the District Attorney’s Office to comply with Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 3.8(f) in exercising reasonable care to ensure all applicable law enforcement agencies including Aurora Police Department, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all receive prompt notice of this Order and comply with this Order accordingly.
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