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Sep 22, 1:12 PM EDT

Media wants cameras in court for shooting trial

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Colorado theater shootings case say witnesses would be vulnerable to harassment and threats if cameras are allowed in court during the trial.

At a hearing Monday, news media attorneys responded there was no evidence that courtroom cameras would make the scrutiny any more intense than it will be anyway because of interest in the case.

The judge says he'll rule next week.

James Holmes is scheduled to go on trial in December on charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack at a Denver-area theater.

He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Media organizations including The Associated Press want to have TV and still cameras in the courtroom.

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