Loughner Appeals Decision Over Medication

9 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, July 02 2011 Jul 2, 2011 Saturday, July 02, 2011 3:45:00 AM CDT July 02, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys for the Tucson shooting rampage suspect are appealing a federal judge's ruling that he can be forced to continue taking anti-psychotic drugs.


U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ruled Wednesday in San Diego that he didn't want to second-guess doctors at the federal prison in Springfield, Mo., who determined that Jared Lee Loughner was a danger.


Loughner's attorneys appealed Friday to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. They say Loughner had been forcibly medicated since June 21. Loughner has been at the Missouri facility since May 28 after a judge concluded he was mentally unfit to help in his legal defense.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 rampage that killed six and wounded 13 including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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