DENVER - The judge overseeing the movie theater shooting case has decided victims should not be allowed access to case evidence for their lawsuit against the theater company.
14 of the victims are involved in the lawsuit filed in United States District court. A total of 12 victims were killed and 58 others were injured in the shooting on July 20, 2012 during a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
The victims involved in the lawsuit were asking District Court Judge Carlos Samour to modify an existing gag order to allow their attorneys access to the evidence presented during the preliminary hearing for the accused shooter. The evidence was presented in open court in January, but copies were not made public.
Both the defense and the prosecution teams in the ongoing criminal case objected to this request and the judge agreed.
"The Court understands the victims' position as civil litigants," Samour wrote. "However, the reality is that they are unlikely to complete their civil action before the trial in the case. Indeed, to the extent that the victims believe that the preliminary hearing exhibits are relevant to their civil action, the Court anticipates that some of the evidence that will not be made public until the trial will be just as relevant."