Lawyers for the man who pleaded guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people when he opened fire in a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colo., have accused the judge in the case of being biased due to his "hostile and demeaning" language and asked for a new judge to oversee the case.
The judge, Carlos Samour, denied that request on Friday.
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In their request, the attorneys representing
In his ruling denying the request, Samour said he stood by every decision he has made in the case, and said getting to the point does not constitute bias.
"That the undersigned is straightforward and does not mince words in his rulings is not evidence of bias," Samour wrote in his order. "The motion falls on its face because it does not mention, much less compare, the language complained of with similar language used to address arguments raised by the prosecution and non-parties."
The defense can appeal the ruling.
Holmes faces a possible death penalty for the July 20, 2012, massacre.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in January.