James Holmes’ lawyers want to close hearings about psychiatric exam

From The Denver Post: Lawyers for the Aurora theater shooting gunman want to exclude the public from upcoming court hearings concerning his psychiatric evaluation.

Arguing that the hearings are about “the very core of the evidence of this case,” James Holmes’ attorneys say that allowing the public — including the news media — to hear that evidence now would hurt Holmes’ rights.

“(I)t is highly likely that broad public exposure to the details of this evidence would have a seriously prejudicial impact on Mr. Holmes’ constitutional rights to a fair trial by an impartial jury,” defense attorneys wrote in their motion, filed Friday.

Two days of hearings are scheduled for later this month to debate a prosecution request that Holmes undergo another psychiatric evaluation, this time by prosecution experts.

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