The Columbine Witness Who Could Derail The James Holmes Case
The jury foreman in the James Holmes murder trial has some potential conflicts of interest that the defense could seize on to push for a mistrial or reduced sentence
The foreman of the jury that convicted Aurora, Colorado, shooter James Holmes of 24 counts of first-degree murder—and is currently deciding whether to sentence him to death—has revealed several potential biases that could be grounds for an appeal, a prominent Colorado attorney says.
Juror number 737 was a student at Columbine High School in 1999 when killers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris stormed the campus with semi-automatic weapons and murdered 13 people. According to a 2013 article in the French edition of Vanity Fair, Juror 737 actually introduced Harris and Klebold when the three were in middle school, but they drifted apart prior to the shooting. One of those killed in the rampage was Rachel Scott, the juror’s senior prom date. Being as close as the juror was to the perpetrators and victims of a different high-profile mass-shooting could potentially be seen as a bias. He revealed that potential bias to the court during jury selection for the Aurora trial back in March, but neither Holmes’ attorneys or prosecutors objected to him serving on the jury, according to published reports.
Not sure what to say about this, except…duh? Who didn’t see this coming?
I might as well say what I think: they shouldn’t sentence him to death, and please, God, don’t have a mistrial declared and/or the verdict vacated and another trial ordered. Just because of all the shit everybody’s been through already…Holmes can get the treatment he needs (I hope), and everybody else can move on, much as what happened in the Jared Loughner case, where he pleaded guilty to the Tucson shooting (no trial), was sentenced to life in prison without parole, and is now at the federal medical facility prison in Springfield, since he was so obviously not right mentally, and everybody else can move on.