Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Theater Ruled Not Liable

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Theater Ruled Not Liable

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. ? The owner of a Colorado movie theater could not have prevented a 2012 shooting that killed 12 people, a jury decided Thursday after victims argued that lax security allowed for the attack.

The six jurors concluded that Cinemark was not liable for the rampage, siding with the nation's third-largest theater chain in a civil case closely watched by the country's major theater companies. They deliberated for about three hours.

Several survivors and families of the dead had sued the suburban Denver theater, saying it lacked armed guards during the crowded midnight premiere of a Batman movie. There also was no silent alarm that would have sounded when James Holmes slipped into an auditorium and started shooting.

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