Judge won't allow media to film, photograph hearing of Colorado shooting suspect from San Diego

DENVER -- A judge has rejected the media's request to film and photograph the hearing on Monday for the San Diego man who is accused in the Colorado movie theater massacre.

James Holmes, 24, is the lone suspect in the shooting rampage that killed 12 people and wounded 59 at a midnight showing on July 20 of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" at a cinema complex in Aurora, Colo.

Holmes is a 2006 graduate of Westview High School in San Diego's Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood and a 2010 graduate of the University of California Riverside, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience. Holmes withdrew from University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus last month, according to reports.

Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester ruled today that no cameras or audio equipment will be permitted at Monday's hearing, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The watchdog group also reported that the judge's order was part of severe restrictions placed on the press who are covering the story, including a gag order limiting pre-trial publicity and a sealing of legal documents. The order also limits what attorneys involved in the trial phase may say to the media.

Severe restrictions on the media are not unusual in high-profile criminal cases involving mass murder, as judges bend over backward to ensure that suspects get fair trials.

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