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Colorado Theater Shooting Judge Scolds James Holmes' Defense For Impugning 'Dignity Of The Court'

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CENTENNIAL, CO - JUNE 04: James Holmes, left, and his defense attorney, Daniel King, in court Tuesday morning June 04, 2013 for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in a shooting rampage at an Aurora theater, July 20th, 2012. The court accepted James Holmes plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and has ordered a sanity evaluation at the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo. (Photo By Andy Cross/The D | Getty

DENVER -- The judge in the Colorado theater shootings has scolded defense lawyers for accusing him of having an improper conversation with the sheriff.

In an order made public Wednesday, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said defense attorneys "improperly impugned the dignity of the court."

The defense had said Samour shouldn't have consulted privately with the Arapahoe County sheriff about courtroom security. It said the sheriff would've been a witness if Samour held a hearing on security precautions.

Samour rejected the defense request for a hearing. He says consulting with the sheriff on security was proper.

Samour is presiding over the death penalty case against James Holmes, accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 at a suburban Denver movie theater on July 20, 2012.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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