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Colorado prosecutors drop request for Holmes' notes
 
Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes makes his first court appearance in Centennial, Colo., on July 23.
Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes makes his first court appearance in Centennial, Colo., on July 23.
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Prosecutors in the Aurora shooting case against former University of Colorado Ph.D. student James Holmes have temporarily halted their efforts to read a notebook the 24-year-old sent to a psychiatrist before allegedly killing 12 people at a movie theater in July. The attorneys had hoped to use Holmes' notes to show that he planned the attack in advance, but they acknowledged that doctor-patient privacy privileges were proving to be a big hurdle. Prosecutor Rich Orman said it would be faster to drop the request. According to USA Today, "he's betting that if Holmes' attorneys use a mental health defense — as they've indicated — they'll have to let prosecutors see the notebook and other medical files" anyway.

 

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