Local prosecutors on Tuesday released more than 23 hours of video interviews between convicted Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes and a court-appointed forensic psychiatrist, honoring a new request from a local attorney to unseal the tapes.

Extensive portions of the newly released interviews, which were conducted at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo in late July and early August 2014, were played during Holmes' trial. Today marks the first time the lightly edited discussions between Holmes and the mental health professional have been made public outside of a courtroom.

"In terms of the information on the tapes, there's nothing new," said Steve Zansberg, a First Amendment attorney with Denver law firm Ballard Spahr who recently requested the interviews be released. "They were previously only available on a very small portion of the screen on the closed-circuit TV camera, so in that respect it's a significant contribution to the public's ability to see for themselves what James Holmes looked like with clarity, and hear his voice, and to pore over these tapes in a more detailed and careful way than they were presented at trial."

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