James Holmes Will Be Bolted Down in Court
Aurora shooting suspect to wear harness, cable
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2013 1:48 AM CDT
Updated Jun 28, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
This June 4,2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool,File)

(Newser) – While James Holmes is tried over the Aurora, Colorado massacre, he'll be wearing a harness and a cable attached to the floor, a judge has ruled. Despite defense concerns it could bias the jury, the precaution is necessary because Holmes poses a threat, said Judge Carlos Samour Jr., per Reuters. The cable will look just like the computer cables running off the defense table, Samour said. Previous court appearances have seen Holmes, who has pleaded insanity, handcuffed and restrained. Meanwhile, Samour ruled that the jury in what's expected to be a four-month trial need not be sequestered. It's "an extremely rare procedure" that's costly and difficult, he said. The trial is set to begin in February.

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HANKHILL
Jun 28, 2013 9:23 PM CDT
"bolted down in court"! what a joke this is! he should be bolted down under ground! he is the killer! no one else! get this sad story over with now!!!!!!!!!!!
WiccanFerret
Jun 28, 2013 5:24 PM CDT
Is it anticipated that the guy could hulk-smash his way out of the courtroom without such a ridiculous device? o.O
snuffy
Jun 28, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
Whatever it takes to make the courtroom feel safe. The man brought it upon himself. As I read through the comments, I realise this is more like reading the Rant section on Craigs List. To those who rather post personal attack than remark on the story, two words of your choice: Grow up. Shut up Get out.