Colorado city asks judge to lift gag order on movie theatre shooting
An Aurora Police officer talks on his radio outside of the Century 16 theater at Aurora Mall where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP / Ed Andrieski)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:29PM EST
DENVER -- The City of Aurora has asked a judge to lift a gag order preventing officials from discussing the July 20 attack at a movie theatre that left 12 dead and 70 injured.
In court papers filed Tuesday and made public Wednesday, an attorney for the city said officials have received several requests from police and fire departments for briefings and tips on how they managed the attack on a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."
The city also noted that it has received public records requests from media, academics and individuals around the world.
Judge William Sylvester imposed a gag order three days after the shooting that prevents all parties in the case form releasing information. Accused gunman James Holmes is due to be arraigned in March on 166 felony counts for the massacre.
The city argued that the gag order is moot after prosecutors revealed details of their case against Holmes in a three-day hearing last week. Sylvester found that the evidence was strong enough to make Holmes stand trial.
Martha L. Fitzgerald, attorney for the city, argued that officials should at least be allowed to release recordings of emergency calls from the attack that were played in court last week and to discuss the response to the shooting.