Political questions swirl around theater shooting prosecutor

Jan 18, 2015 1:14 PM by News Staff

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - As jury selection begins in the trial of the alleged Colorado theater gunman, many are focused on the top prosecutor in the case, George Brauchler.

Brauchler was elected District Attorney four months after the 2012 attack. But he has made pivotal decisions as the case slowly approached its trial date. Some Republicans also want him to run for U.S. Senate next year or governor in 2018.

Speculation about Brauchler's political future has hung over the trial. He became a political celebrity for attacking Colorado's Democratic governor over weakness on the death penalty. Some critics think that's why Brauchler's office is insisting on the death penalty for defendant James Holmes rather than cutting a plea deal.

But Brauchler's defenders argue if anyone deserves the death penalty, it's Holmes.

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