In the jury’s hands: Scenes from closing arguments

Aug. 7, 2015

1. George Brauchler pacing like a prize fighter before his closing remarks, looking over at the crowded victims’ families side. 2. James Holmes, who had his head on his hands during jury instructions while the jury is out, is now staring straight ahead. And, as always, twisting in his chair...

Jury rejects death for Holmes

Aug. 7, 2015

Theater killer will spend his life in prison without parole. CENTENNIAL, Colo. —James Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. The 12-member jury was unable to reach the unanimous decision required for the death penalty. One of the jurors, who reportedly cited...

OPINION: The ‘benefits’ of mass killings

Aug. 7, 2015

Blood and horror. Senseless violence. Public death. Not many people would disagree that mass killings are awful occurrences. But some people benefit from them. Friday afternoon, Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison. The jury could have — if they’d unanimously agreed — chosen execution for...

Anecdotal Evidence, August 6: Tell me your convention hotel – I’ll tell you how much your state matters

Aug. 6, 2015

In our Anecdotal Evidence column, movers and shakers share personal stories of how intriguing (and often odd) presidential campaigning in their respective swing state can be. Key swing states get the royal convention treatment Robert Alexander. Photo: Lars Gesing/CU News Corps Robert Alexander – Political Scientist, Ohio Northern University “I...

Holmes’ life in hands of jury

Aug. 6, 2015

Killer's fate could be decided as early as Friday CENTENNIAL, Colo. — After more than 60 days in court, the Aurora theater shooting is over. No more closing arguments, no more phases. Only the deliberations remain. In hours or days, the world will know whether James Eagan Holmes is to...

Anecdotal Evidence, August 5: In Iowa, we don’t pick the president

Aug. 5, 2015

In our Anecdotal Evidence column, movers and shakers share personal stories of how intriguing (and often odd) presidential campaigning in their respective swing state can be. Are a bunch of white farmers picking our president? No. Donna Hoffman. Photo: Lars Gesing/CU News Corps Donna Hoffman – Political Scientist, University of...

Anecdotal Evidence, August 3: Hi, this is Rick Perry – and I’m not a robot

Aug. 5, 2015

In our Anecdotal Evidence column, movers and shakers share personal stories of how intriguing (and often odd) presidential campaigning in their respective swing state can be. Rick Perry is definitely not a robot Judy Davidson – Scott County GOP Chair Judy Davidson. Photo: Lars Gesing/CU News Corps “Rick Perry called...

Down to the Wire

Aug. 5, 2015

Wednesday, the prosecution wrapped up its victim impact section of the penalty phase with testimony from arguably the persons who suffered the most tragic loss in the theater shooting: Veronica Moser Sullivan’s mother. The video was taken in 2001 on her last Christmas morning by her paternal grandfather, Robert Sullivan,...

James Holmes still eligible for death penalty

Aug. 3, 2015

Theater shooting survivor Josh Nowlan says though he is very religious, he’s not opposed to the gunman receiving death in this case. “On to the next phase,” he said Monday. By Kelsey Ray CU News Corps CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes is still eligible for the death penalty, a jury...

Anecdotal Evidence, August 2: Campaigning 101

Aug. 2, 2015

Know the local mascots In our Anecdotal Evidence column, movers and shakers share personal stories of how intriguing (and often odd) presidential campaigning in their respective swing state can be. Dole’s Iowa Concerned Farmers stunt Marlys Popma. Photo: Lars Gesing/CU News Corps Marlys Popma – Former Iowa GOP Executive Director,...

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