James Holmes Loses the Shackles, Still Won’t Be Going Anywhere

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Lawyers for James Holmes have successfully argued that the alleged Aurora, Colorado shooter should be allowed to appear at his trial in civilian clothes and without the heavy shackles he's been wearing on his wrists and ankles, lest jurors get the impression that he's a guilty man. However, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ruled that he can't just sit in the courtroom unrestrained. Instead, Holmes will wear a harness under his clothing, with a cable tethering him to the floor.