Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Arizona Shooter Loughner Found Mentally Incompetant To Stand Trial

No surprise here.

Jared Loughner, the gunman who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others at an Arizona political rally has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial by a federal judge.

Loughner wounded 18 people in the January 8th shootings, six of whom died.

What's at issue now is whether Loughner should be forced by court order to take drugs and psychiatric treatment that might help him regain competency so he can face trial, and the judge is asking for an evaluation before making that decision.

U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns' ruling means Loughner can be held for up to four months before another hearing to determine if he's competent to stand trial. If Loughner refuses to take medication voluntarily, the judge could order him to be forcibly treated.

Loughner will remain in custody either way, until he is judged fit to stand trial or "until he is no longer a danger to himself and others" to revisit the oft-used legal phrase.

Remember when the Angry Left regarded Lougher as a Tea Party activist under the orders of Rush Limbaugh and talk radio? Talk about crazy...

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