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Closed minds: Nothing to see here

The media have tried very hard to make the attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado into a crime committed by a lone wolf..."kept to himself"..."motive was unclear"...move along, nothing to see here. It reminds me of the successful effort to make the Tucson attack on Gabby Giffords, which killed six people, into the mindless work of a madman. Move along, nothing to see here.... Read more»

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Jan. 8 victims confront Loughner as he's sentenced to life without parole

Jan. 8 gunman Jared Loughner will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Several victims said at his sentencing hearing Thursday that he should spend his time remembering his crimes — among those who spoke was Mark Kelly, who stood in the courtroom with his wife, Gabrielle Giffords.... Read more»4

Az federal courts still face ‘dire’ situation

Federal courts in Arizona are still in “dire circumstances” as an emergency declaration that was supposed to help judges keep pace with a crushing caseload is set to expire.... Read more»

Remembering Jan. 8

'Genuine' Judge Roll remembered in special court session

Judge John Roll, one of the victims of the Jan. 8 shooting, was remembered Friday in a special court session. Roll, who was Arizona's chief federal judge before he was gunned down, was called "genuine" by nearly every speaker at the memorial session.... Read more»

Senate considers Zipps to replace slain Judge Roll

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps faced a friendly Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday on her nomination to fill the seat of U.S. District Judge John Roll, who was killed in the Jan. 8 attack that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.... Read more»

Giffords told of shooting, improving 'leaps and bounds'

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been told some details about the Jan. 8 mass shooting that left her in critical condition, her doctors said Friday. She is improving by "leaps and bounds in terms of neurological recovery," Kim said.... Read more»1

Loughner faces charges in Tucson courtroom Wednesday

Jared Lee Loughner will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on 49 federal charges in the Jan. 8 mass shooting that killed 6 and wounded 13 others. It will be Loughner's first appearance in a Tucson courtroom.... Read more»

Giffords shooting

Loughner defense wants trial delayed a year

Defense attorneys for Jared Lee Loughner want to push back his trial at least one year past the date suggested by the judge in the case. Prosecutors responded by asking the judge to order a psychological examination to determine his fitness for trial.... Read more»

Jan. 8 autopsies: 3 of 6 victims shot in head

Three of the six people killed in the Jan. 8 mass shooting were shot in the head, according to autopsy reports released Monday. The others died from shots to the torso. (with complete documents)... Read more»

New indictment: Loughner facing 14 possible death penalty counts

A federal grand jury has returned a 49-count indictment against Jared Lee Loughner in the deaths of 6 and wounding of 13 in the Jan. 8 mass shooting. The charges include 14 for which the death penalty may be imposed.... Read more»

Judge denies motion to bar release of Jan. 8 autopsies

A motion by prosecutors to bar the release of autopsy reports on the victims of the Jan. 8 mass shooting has been denied by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns. The ruling does not mean the autopsies will necessarily be released, the judge wrote.... Read more»

Loughner lawyers complain prison giving psych records to FBI

Psychological and medical records of Jared Lee Loughner have been improperly given to the FBI by prison officials, his attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday. Defense attorneys said release of the information violates Loughner's Miranda rights and doctor/patient privilege.... Read more»

Prosecutors seek gag order on Jan. 8 autopsies

Federal prosecutors have asked that the autopsies of the victims of the Jan. 8 mass shooting not be released, and that the medical examiner not speak to the media.... Read more»

Loughner transferred to Tucson prison

Jared Lee Loughner, who is accused of trying to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and wounding two of her aides, has been transferred to the federal prison outside Tucson, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website.... Read more»1

Loughner indictment expected by March 9, trial in Sept.

Prosecutors said they will indict Jared Lee Loughner on more federal charges by March 9, a court order said Thursday. A trial is expected to begin before Sept. 20.... Read more»

Feds will refile murder charges against Loughner

Federal prosecutors will refile murder charges against Jared Lee Loughner before a March 9 court date, a spokesman said. Prosecutors asked this week to drop charges filed earlier in the shooting deaths of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and congressional aide Gabriel Zimmerman.... Read more»7

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