Prosecutors join defense, ask judge to bar TV cameras from Colorado theater shooting trial

Associated Press

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case are joining defense lawyers in opposing television coverage from inside the courtroom during the trial, saying it would inflict intense and hurtful attention on victims who testify.

In a court filing made public Monday, prosecutors also argued TV coverage could change the way trial witnesses behave.

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Last week, attorneys for defendant James Holmes argued courtroom cameras would violate his right to a fair trial by making witnesses worry about public reaction if they give testimony considered favorable to Holmes. They said it could also expose jurors and attorneys to death threats.

Prosecutors also want still cameras barred from the trial. Defense lawyers focused their objections on television.

A broadcasters group asked to put a TV camera and audio system in the courtroom.