News organizations ask judge to allow cameras in courtroom for Colorado theater shooting trial

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CENTENNIAL, Colorado — News organizations are asking a judge to allow one video camera and one still photographer in the courtroom during the Colorado theater shootings trial, but prosecutors and the defense object.

The judge will hear arguments Monday.

Attorneys for news organizations including The Associated Press say cameras would improve public access to an important trial and wouldn't be disruptive.

Prosecutors say victims would be subjected to unwanted and hurtful attention and that witnesses might change the way they behave.

Defense attorneys say cameras would violate defendant James Holmes' right to a fair trial by making witnesses worry about public reaction if they gave testimony considered favorable to Holmes.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of murder and attempted murder. His trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8.

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