- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Several victims of the Colorado theater shootings have written letters to the judge about his decision to let news organizations broadcast the trial using a closed-circuit TV camera already in the courtroom.

In an order released Tuesday, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. agreed to read the letters but only after the trial of James Holmes. He says he is aware some victims opposed his September order allowing video of the proceedings, but the law doesn’t allow victims or attorneys to submit filings on court rulings.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack. In a motion released Tuesday, prosecutors oppose a defense request to bar emotional testimony from victims during the penalty phase of the trial.

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