Three people who were wounded when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012 have petitioned the court to allow them to view sealed documents, according to a news report from KOAA. The petitioners want to use the documents in their civil lawsuit against the theater company.
The documents requested include the police affidavits seeking search and arrest warrants in the case. They also include transcripts of several calls to 9-1-1 that were made from inside and around the movie theater on the night of the shooting. The petitioners argue that these documents contain key information that affects their lawsuit against the theater.
The lawsuit is a separate case from the criminal charges filed after the shooting. In the civil lawsuit, the three wounded individuals are arguing that the movie theater should have put an alarm on the door the shooter used to get into the theater. The movie theater is not a party to the related criminal case, however, in which the shooter himself has been charged with killing 12 people and injuring 58 more.
Criminal cases often overlap with civil lawsuits, even though the two are separate proceedings. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our skilled criminal defense lawyers in Colorado are dedicated to fighting for the best possible outcome in each case we handle, one that takes into consideration any related civil suit as well as the criminal issues at stake. To discuss your case with us, call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free, confidential consultation.