Movie theater shooting: Judge orders prosecutors to clarify statement to victims

Judge said statedment could be misinterpreted

DENVER - The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has ordered prosecutors to clarify a statement they made to victims, saying it could be misinterpreted.

The judge said Wednesday an email prosecutors sent to victims could be viewed as telling them there was no need to speak to defense lawyers, even if they had something to tell them.

The email says victims could express their opinions through the DA's office as well as they could by speaking to the defense.

The judge rejected defense attorneys' allegation that this was improper interference by prosecutors, but he said the email should have been worded better and must be clarified.

The judge also tentatively set a new December trial date for James Holmes, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder charges.

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