Aurora Theater Shooting

11:33am

Mon April 22, 2013
It's All Politics

'Managing Tragedy': A Defining Moment For Civic Leaders

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:24 pm

Mayor Thomas Menino, who is recovering from a broken leg unrelated to the bombing, watches on as President Obama speaks during an interfaith healing service last week following the Boston Marathon blasts.
Susan Walsh AP

Some people are born to be pastors or therapists, but no one goes into politics expecting to help people with grief.

Yet mayors and governors often find themselves having to cope with tragedy. A tornado. A bombing. The death of a police officer, or a little girl.

It becomes an essential part of the job more often than they might expect. While they're rarely prepared for it, how they respond will define their time in office perhaps more than any other act.

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9:36am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty In Colorado Theater Shootings

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 10:52 am

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes during a court hearing last month in Centennial, Colo.
R.J. Sangosti/pool Reuters /Landov

Rejecting James Holmes' offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, prosecutors in Colorado announced Monday that they will seek the death penalty for the young man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in a mass shooting last July at a movie theater.

As Denver's KUSA-TV writes, "after a week of legal twists and turns ... Holmes could face execution if convicted."

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3:46pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

James Holmes' Attorneys Say He's Willing To Plead Guilty To Avoid Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:12 pm

James Holmes in a photo from the Arapahoe County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office.
AP

The attorneys for James Holmes, who is alleged to have walked into a crowded Colorado movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding nearly 60, say he is willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Colorado's 9 News reports that his defense attorneys made the offer public in a two-page filing that says the prosecution has yet to accept the offer because "it may choose to pursue the death penalty."

9 News adds:

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10:21am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Accused Colorado Theater Shooter

After his attorneys said they need more time to prepare to respond to the 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes he faces, a Colorado judge on Tuesday entered a not guilty plea on behalf of accused movie theater gunman James Holmes.

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4:18pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Alleged Aurora Theater Shooter Could Face Medicated Interviews

James Holmes in a photo from the Arapahoe County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office.
AP

The judge in charge of the case against the alleged Colorado theater shooter said he would warn James Holmes that if he pleads not guilty by reason of insanity he could be drugged for interviews with the state.

Denver's ABC affiliate reports:

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