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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