The prosecutor's response in Colorado v. Holmes is at Scribd.
Today's Denver Post publishes the editorial, "Accept plea deal in Holmes trial."
Accused theater shooter James Holmes' offer to plead guilty to murder charges and spend the rest of his life in prison so he may avoid a death sentence would be a just resolution to a horrific case.
It would bring prompt closure for survivors and family members of the dead and wounded.
It would cut years, perhaps decades, from an expensive appeals process. And it would eliminate the issue of the uneven application of the death penalty in Colorado.
We hope George Brauchler, the top prosecutor in the 18th Judicial District, takes the deal — although early indications are that his office may be hostile to it.
"Aurora DA "extremely unlikely" to OK guilty plea by James Holmes," is the Post's news report written by John Ingold.
Prosecutors in the Aurora theater shooting case say they are "extremely unlikely" to accept an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty unless they hear more details from him.
In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors write that after Holmes offered to plead guilty, they asked him and his attorneys to provide "specific access to information that would allow them to fully assess the Defendant and his alleged acts for purposes of determining a just outcome to this case." They say Holmes and his attorneys have repeatedly denied access to that information.
Because of that, prosecutors say Holmes' offer — which his attorneys disclosed in a court filing Wednesday — is not acceptable.
"There is not — and has never been — an actual or unqualified 'offer' to plead guilty," they write in the Thursday filing.
Significantly, the prosecution's filing was signed by 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler and not one of the deputy district attorneys more directly involved in the case.
The AP filing is, "James Holmes Trial: Prosecutors Reject Guilty Plea Offer From Aurora Massacre Suspect," by Dan Elliott and P. Solomon Banda. It's via Huffington Post.
Prosecutors in the Colorado theater massacre case have rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, saying the proposal can't be considered genuine because the defense has repeatedly refused to give them information needed to evaluate it.
No plea agreement exists, prosecutors said in a scathing court document Thursday, and one "is extremely unlikely based on the present information available to the prosecution."
They also said anyone reading news stories about the offer would inevitably conclude "the defendant knows that he is guilty, the defense attorneys know that he is guilty, and that both of them know that he was not criminally insane."
Neither the defense nor the prosecution immediately returned phone calls Thursday.
Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 shootings in a packed theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Twelve people were killed and 70 were injured.
Holmes' attorneys disclosed in a court filing Wednesday that their client has offered to plead guilty, but only if he wouldn't be executed.
Prosecutors criticized defense attorneys for publicizing the offer, calling it a ploy meant to draw the public and the judge into what should be private plea negotiations.
Earlier coverage of the Colorado case begins at the link.