: (sooh-uh spahn-tay) adj. Latin for “of one’s own will,” meaning on one’s own volition, usually referring to a judge’s order made without a request by any party to the case. These include an order transferring a case to another judge due to a conflict of interest or the judge’s determination that his/her court does not have jurisdiction over the case.
How this pertains to James Holmes vs The People and State of Colorado
From the previously Redacted document pertaining to the defenses stance of the disclosure of the University of Colorado Records.
“No party has requested that this order be modified or vacated. Thus, there is no reason for the court to lift or change its order sua sponte.”
The document then goes on to refer to the autopsy reports from the Columbine High School Shooting and if it was contrary to public interest to release them and if the original documents should be modified as the circumstances change. The defense argues that the circumstances of James Holmes case has not yet changed and therefor the original demand to keep the CU documents sealed should indeed remain and only be reevaluated to be released once the situation has progressed.
The defense also states that they have not yet been able to see these documents in question but feel that the majority of them will not meet the criteria of public record.
In conclusion, the defense feels that the only way to determine what should be released and what should not be released is by doing a page by page review of all materials the state is inquiring about.
We now know, these documents have been released, and the hearing pertaining to them & to further discuss them has been adjourned because of extenuating circumstances with Holmes and his inability to make it to the court appearance.