Judge Releases New Information on Aurora Shooting, Keeps Gag Order in Place

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CENTENNIAL, CO - JULY 23:  Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colorado. According to police, Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others during a shooting rampage at an opening night screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, in Aurora, Colorado.  (Photo by RJ Sangosti-Pool/Getty Images)
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On Monday, Judge William Sylvester denied a request by 21 media organizations to lift the gag order that prevents attorneys, law enforcement, and University of Colorado employees from revealing information about the case. However, Sylvester did allow a handful of documents to be made public. For the most part, the papers were routine, but one document revealed that Holmes's lawyers requested that he be allowed to sit with them in court. Holmes had been placed in the jury box during hearings owing to concern over his safety, but the judge ruled in favor of the defense, which argued that the move made it seem that he was too dangerous to sit with his own attorneys.