6 p.m. MDT
The Colorado theater shooting trial has ended for the day after prosecutors played a videotaped interview in which James Holmes describes his parents’ reaction to the deadly attack.
In the wide-ranging interview with state-appointed psychiatrist Dr. William Reid, Holmes says the July 20, 2012, shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 injured “negatively” affected his parents and “they were troubled by it.”
When asked how he would have reacted if he was a parent of a person who carried out such an attack, Holmes responds, “I would have wanted to help them as soon as possible. … I’d be sad as well.”
The interview is the first of nine conducted by Reid, beginning about two years after the shooting.
5 p.m. MDT
A video recorded about two years after the Colorado theater shooting shows James Holmes telling a state-appointed psychiatrist he regrets the deadly attack and sometimes cries about it.
The videotaped interview with Dr. William Reid was played for jurors at Holmes’ trial Thursday.
It shows Reid asking Holmes if he teared up when his parents visited him in jail for the first time. Holmes responds “nope” but concedes he sometimes cries before he goes to bed because he regrets the shooting.
In much of the video recorded at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, Reid tries to create a rapport with Holmes, asking him about his family and his social and academic life in high school and college.
Reid testified he conducted about 300 hours of research before analyzing Holmes in late July 2014. He interviewed Holmes nine times, for a total of 22 hours.
3:30 p.m. MDT
A state-appointed psychiatrist says he did about 300 hours of research before starting to interview James Holmes in late July 2014, over two years after Holmes opened fire at a Colorado movie theater.
Dr. William Reid acknowledged a lot had changed between the July 2012 shooting and his interview, including what he described as Holmes’ “physical and mental breakdown” in November 2012.
Reid testified Thursday that Holmes’ breakdown occurred when he was treated at a Denver hospital and began taking anti-psychotic medication.
Reid’s research before examining Holmes included talking to Holmes’ parents, visiting the jail where Holmes is being held, reading Holmes’ notebook and looking at videos from the jail and from Holmes’ hospital stay.
Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the attack, which killed 12 people and injured 70.
2:30 p.m. MDT
Testimony in the Colorado theater shooting trial has resumed after the judge recited the legal definition of insanity to the jury.
Judge Carlos Samour also instructed jurors to consider a psychiatrist’s testimony only as to James Holmes’ plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
District Attorney George Brauchler asked Dr. William Reid if he believed Holmes met the legal definition of sanity at the time of the 2012 attack, and Reid declared, “Yes.”
Brauchler preceded that question by asking if Reid believed Holmes had the capacity to distinguish right from wrong at the time. Brauchler didn’t refer specifically to the shooting.
“Yes,” Reid said.
Brauchler then asked Reid if he believed that Holmes had the capacity or intent to act knowingly and after deliberation at the time of the event. “Yes,” Reid answered.
1:50 p.m. MDT
The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied a defense request for a mistrial after a state-appointed psychiatrist gave his opinion about James Holmes’ sanity.
William Reid testified Thursday that Holmes was able to form intent and knew the consequences of what he was doing at the time of the July 2012 attack. The psychiatrist’s comments prompted questions from the defense about whether he violated rules on what he’s allowed to tell jurors.
Judge Carlos Samour concluded Reid can testify about whether Holmes is capable of distinguishing between right and wrong. But he says Reid shouldn’t give his opinion about whether Holmes actually did so.
Samour ruled that Reid stayed on the right side of that subtle line.
12:15 p.m. MDT
The Colorado theater shooting trial is in recess for lunch, and the judge says he’ll use the break to think about an undisclosed issue that came up as soon as a state-appointed psychiatrist gave his opinion about James Holmes’ sanity.
Before discussing the details of his 22 hours of interviews with Holmes, William Reid gave his conclusion: that Holmes was able to form intent and knew the consequences of what he was doing at the time of the July 2012 attack.
That prompted the defense to ask to talk privately with Judge Carlos Samour and prosecutors about Reid’s comments.
Samour earlier set some ground rules about what Reid could and couldn’t say about Holmes’ mental state. It’s possible the defense thinks he violated them.
11:45 a.m. MDT
The second of two state-appointed psychiatrists who examined the Colorado theater gunman believes James Holmes knew the consequences of his actions.
William Reid says: “Whatever he suffered from, it did not prevent him from forming the intent and knowing what he was doing and the consequences of what he was doing.”
The comment led the defense to ask to speak to the judge. Lawyers are talking to Judge Carlos Samour privately about it.
Before Reid took the stand Thursday, Samour said the psychiatrist wouldn’t be able to say whether Holmes had a particular mental state at the time of the July 2012 mass shooting.
Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the Aurora movie theater attack, which killed 12 people and injured 70.
11:30 a.m. MDT
The second of two state-appointed psychiatrists who examined the Colorado theater gunman is testifying at James Holmes’ trial in suburban Denver.
Excerpts of William Reid’s 22 hours of videotaped interviews with Holmes were played on the trial’s opening day. In one, Holmes called people wounded in the attack “collateral damage.”
District Attorney George Brauchler told jurors at the time that Reid concluded Holmes was legally sane.
But before Reid took the stand Thursday, Judge Carlos Samour said Reid won’t be able to say whether Holmes had a particular mental state at the time of the July 2012 mass shooting.
Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the attack at an Aurora movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 70.
Under Colorado law, the burden of proof is on prosecutors to convince jurors that Holmes was sane and knew right from wrong.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free.
The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people’s lives.
Google will provide unlimited storage of all photos up to 16 megapixels and high-definition video up to 1080p.
The service, called Google Photos, will be available as an app on Android and Apple devices, and on a website, http://photos.google.com . It’s a variation of the photo-management tool on Google Plus, a social networking service that has struggled to compete against Facebook since its 2011 debut.
“There has been a renaissance in the thinking of what Google Plus is for,” said Bradley Horowitz, Google’s vice president of photos and streams. Google Plus will stick around, Horowitz said, although it is likely to focus on bringing together people who share common interests and hobbies instead of trying to connect friends and family.
Horowitz predicted Google Photos will free people from the hassles of managing their picture and video libraries, much like Google’s Gmail service eased the burden of sifting through email boxes by offering larger storage capacities and a powerful search engine.
Google Photos is importing technology from Google Plus to automatically sort images into common bundles tied together by a vacation destination, activity, or even species of animal. Other tools will automatically create slideshows and albums accompanied by music.
One of the biggest challenges facing Google Inc. is whether it will be able to lure people away from other services that have been around for years.
Apple has a photo service that offers up to five gigabytes of storage for free and then charges 99 cents per month for an additional 20 gigabytes. Yahoo’s Flickr service offers one terabyte of storage for free — enough to accommodate about five photos per day for the next 60 years.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man chased by sheriff’s deputies while riding a horse and whose subsequent beating by them resulted in a $650,000 settlement was charged Thursday with resisting arrest and animal cruelty.
Francis Pusok, 30, also was charged with reckless driving and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He is free on $100,000 bail pending a June 16 arraignment.
Messages seeking comment from Pusok’s lawyers, Sharon Brunner and James Terrell, were not immediately returned.
During a 2 1/2-hour chase April 9, Pusok fled by car and then on a stolen horse in the desert while deputies chased him on foot. They were trying to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation.
Pusok’s eventual arrest was recorded by a KNBC-TV news crew in a helicopter. The video showed Pusok, dressed in bright red clothing, falling from the horse as a deputy ran up and fired a Taser that officials said was ineffective.
Pusok was face down with his legs outstretched and hands behind his back as a deputy threw punches and kicks. One deputy kicked him in the crotch. Other deputies arrived moments later.
The video led to a federal civil rights investigation and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said the video “disturbed and troubled” him and appeared to show an excessive use of force.
Ten deputies were placed on paid leave pending a departmental investigation.
Last month, San Bernardino County supervisors approved paying $650,000 to Pusok to avoid a lawsuit over the beating.
According to San Bernardino County Superior Court records, Pusok has a number of vehicle code violations in his history. He also pleaded no contest to several criminal charges in a prior criminal case, including resisting arrest, attempted robbery, animal cruelty, and fighting or offensive words.
MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) — A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a “black eye” for the Navy’s integration of women into the nation’s sub fleet.
Electronics technician Joseph Bradley entered his guilty pleas in a court-martial trial and was sentenced to 30 days’ confinement and a reduction in rank.
Bradley received the videos after they were secretly recorded by another sailor aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, prosecutors say.
Bradley admitted in a plea agreement to sharing the images with other sailors.
“This is a betrayal of trust and a violation of that brotherhood and that sisterhood of submariners,” Navy prosecuting attorney Lt. Cmdr. Lee Marsh said.
“This accused furthered what has become a black eye to the Navy.”
On Tuesday, missile technician Charles Greaves received two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for making the videos. Greaves worked with lookouts on the sub who notified him when the female officers were done working out and were headed to the showers, prosecutors say. Greaves covered his cellphone in tape and stuck it between a gap in pipes that had a view of the sub’s shower area.
The case has been a blight on the Navy’s integration of women into the submarine force, which it started in 2011.
The women officers videotaped were among the first wave to serve on nuclear submarines. They all said they felt proud to be trailblazers and honored to qualify as submariners, a grueling task that requires mastery of the ship’s complicated systems.
Now, the four women officers say the videos have ruined or derailed their careers.
On Wednesday, three of the officers testified about how devastating it has been. They said knowing the videos were shared among the male sailors they led as officers eroded their abilities to do their jobs.
“After this happened, I lost the trust of everybody,” one woman said. “I couldn’t look anyone in the eye and know if they had seen me.”
Others said the incident has left them paranoid about using restrooms at the gym or in public.
Five more male sailors face charges in the case. The next related court-martial is scheduled on Friday at Kings Bay, and will be a closed proceeding.
Bradley received a more lenient sentence because he was the sailor who ultimately provided the illicit videos to Navy criminal investigators.
Bradley faced the women in the courtroom and offered an apology. The women stared back at him as he spoke, stone-faced.
“I don’t expect you to accept my apology, but I needed to tell you guys,” he said.
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Amid a new round of Iran nuclear talks, Iranians have been captivated this week by a leaked video showing a vehement argument between a hard-line lawmaker and the country’s foreign minister.
Differing statements from Iranian officials over what’s acceptable for Tehran at the talks with six world powers have accompanied the negotiations since the start of international attempts nearly a decade ago to reach a diplomatic solution over Iran’s contested nuclear program. Hard-liners fear that negotiators are betraying Iran’s interests by being too conciliatory, while moderates chastise their opponents for jeopardizing the talks with unrealistic demands.
But Iranians usually are not privy to the kind of bitter recriminations that a video posted on social media Monday has revealed. It shows Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and hard-line lawmaker Mahdi Kouchakzadeh in a heated exchange, apparently at the end of a closed session of parliament.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “calls you a traitor,” Kouchakzadeh says. “I say this from his tongue.”
But Zarif, his face red with anger, berates the lawmaker for daring to speak for Khamenei.
“You are damned dead wrong,” he declares.
The footage appears to have been filmed with a mobile phone and leaked by a lawmaker. Several legislators are demanding that the incident be investigated and the leaker be prosecuted.
The video was posted with the talks moving closer to what is supposed to be an end of June deadline for a deal. As they resumed Wednesday in Vienna, Khamenei indirectly backed Zarif, who has been Iran’s lead negotiator at previous sessions and is expected to rejoin the negotiators at a later stage.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi is leading his country’s delegation at the present round, which also brings U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and officials representing Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to the table.
As he prepared to join the talks, Araghchi said a deal could be sealed even before the June target date. At the same time, he told Iranian state television the negotiations could be extended.
“We are not constrained by time,” he said. “We are obliged to reach a good deal with all the ideal details. It does not matter how long it takes.”
The proposed deal would freeze Iran’s nuclear program for a decade, in return for sanctions relief. Iran insists that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, while the West fears it could allow it to build nuclear weapons.
Jahn reported from Vienna.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Singapore say they are seeking reform training for a teenager who is refusing probation and who again made public the video and blog posts a court deemed offensive earlier this month.
The court on May 12 found Amos Yee, 16, had offended Christians in a YouTube video and had transmitted online an obscene image of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Britain’s Margaret Thatcher.
He initially agreed to take down the two offending posts and to cooperate with arrangements to serve probation, but then failed to attend scheduled interviews and failed to return home by times stipulated on a trial basis by his probation officers. Court documents shown to The Associated Press revealed that Yee’s parents declined to meet with the officers, saying there was no need to do so since Yee himself “was not keen on probation.”
According to the court documents, Yee had told his assigned probation officer that he did not want to be placed on probation. Last Thursday, his case investigation officer discovered that Yee had made his offending video and blog post publicly viewable once again, actions which deputy public prosecutor Hay Hung Chun said were contemptuous of court.
In a statement shared with media Wednesday by the Attorney General’s Chambers, Hay said Yee “is clearly a misguided youth who seeks attention by deliberately posting provocative content, who has no insight into his offending behavior, and who is likely to keep repeating this pattern of conduct.”
Hay recommended reform training because jail time or a fine would not rehabilitate him. Yee may be jailed while his suitability for reform training is assessed, however.
Yee’s defense counsel asked for time to speak with the teenager and his parents, and District Judge Jasvender Kaur is likely to decide on Yee’s next steps when he next appears in court on Tuesday.
Reform training in Singapore is for convicted offenders between 16 and 18 who have been assessed as unsuitable for probation. They are housed in a training center without adult inmates for a set time. Yee, who turns 17 in October, would have term lasting at least 18 months, if the judge accepts the prosecutors’ recommendation.