Jul 22, 2014 3:37 PM

Taping of James Holmes sanity exam mulled in court

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A judge in the Colorado theater shooting cases says he will rule this week on whether a doctor will be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.

Defense attorneys objected to the videotaping, saying the law doesn't authorize video and that research shows it affects patients' responses.

An unidentified psychiatrist who will conduct the evaluation testified by telephone Tuesday during the start of a two-day hearing. He said that the videotaping would be unobtrusive and his experience shows that having a video record of exams outweighs any negative effects.

Other matters to be discussed during the hearing are efforts by the defense to bar some expert testimony about chemicals, metals and firearms.


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