Jared Loughner Back in Arizona For Wednesday Court Hearing

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Pima County Sheriff's Office
Jared Loughner's back in Arizona.
Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner is back in Arizona today after spending the past several months in a federal prison in Missouri where he's undergoing psychiatric treatment to hopefully make him mentally fit to stand trial.

Loughner has a court hearing in Tucson tomorrow, where U.S. District Judge Larry Burns will determine whether Loughner's fit to stand trial and whether to extend his treatment at the prison in Missouri by another eight months.

Burns recently ruled that Loughner has to be present for the hearing, despite his lawyers' arguing against it, noting that traveling could be disruptive to Loughner's mental health.

Loughner, the Associated Press reports, wanted to attend the hearing so he could see his parents.

Last time Loughner appeared before the court, when he was found incompetent to stand trial in May, he
was forced to watch much of the hearing on a TV screen in another room following an outburst in the courtroom.

In the middle of the hearing, with his head down and face inches from the table in front of him, Loughner seemed to say "thank you for the freak show. She died in front of me."

Court records later revealed that he actually said "thank you for the free kill. She died in front of me, your cheesiness," Loughner blurted, referring to the judge as "your cheesiness."

He was removed from the courtroom.

When he was brought back in, Loughner was given the option of remaining in the courtroom, or watching the proceedings on a TV screen from another room.

"I want to watch the TV screen," Loughner responded.

Loughner has since been forcibly medicated by prison officials after he was deemed a threat to himself and others while locked up, and prosecutors have asked that his stay at the Missouri prison be extended by eight months so he can continue treatment with the hope that he'll one day be fit for trial.

Defense attorneys argue that prosecutors have failed to prove that there's a chance Loughner's mental condition can improve enough for him to be competent to stand trial.


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soshaljustic
soshaljustic

I love our Rights and the guarantee we have to them! Sen. Giffords took that oath for all the people affected with schizo-affective disorders as well. Even Loughner. The US maintains its moral standing, when practicing its morals, and not breaking down into animal stages of vengeful behaviors. The US will medically treat the harmed under a "Do no harm" work ethic as one of the finest oaths, that of its medical doctors, to treat the ill, in order that the legal system may perform due diligence for the US citizenry. We owe this to Sen. Giffords, all living victims, and the deceased. It is foolish to hurry any part of this process thinking it helps. It does not. The entire process allows proper grieving, and a moral rectitude for the Nation's citizenry.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Why are we wasting taxpayer funds to move this jackwagon between Missouri and Arizona? An internet conference session could accomplish the same for a whole lot less money.

Jason Cox
Jason Cox

(nods head) mmmHmm mhmm mhmm I concur! 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Take a good look at the picture folks. With the cuts to mental health care being implemented by the cryptkeeper and her coven, I'll be willing to bet you'll be seeing more pictures like this, and behaviors like his, in the future. But of course the taxpayers will continue to foot the bill for HER son.

Roro
Roro

He has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, but somehow, that is not the same as being insane, although you can be comitted to a mental instituion for it. The "theory" is that the insane can't plan things and he planned the shootup. They'll force medicate him for the trial, convict him, and then condemn him. The next event will be somewhere down the road when they again force medicate him so he can "appreciate" his execution.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Roro,Your ignorance about schizophrenia is the real insanity.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

A lot of us, including myself, are ignorant about schizophrenia, but that doesn't make us insane, simply ignorant of that term and it's processes. Why the personal attack on Roro?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Because I get sick of reading comments like his. I think that it's a disgrace that most people know more about how the computer sitting on their desk works than they know about how the computer between their ears works. Most people I meet believe the BS they watch on TV or see in the movies and folks, even the medical shows get a lot of it wrong.

You bring up another point Tommy;  As a 20 yr veteran of law enforcement, I would think that you would have been required to learn about mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and how they can affect behavior. This is the first state where I encountered LEOs who don't receive this training because, as you know Tommy, you will be dealing with people with these illnesses. I couldn't believe it when I attended one of the "Seeds of Crisis" seminars and sat at a table with 2 homicide detectives from the Phoenix PD and found they knew very little about mental illness.

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