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Sep282011

Accused Tucson Shooter Jared Lee Loughner Returning to Court

Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The man accused of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others in Tucson, Arizona earlier this year will be back in federal court Wednesday.

The judge is expected to address the question of whether or not Jared Lee Loughner could ever be made well enough to stand trial.  He could order Loughner, who has been in a prison mental health facility since May, back to the hospital for months of additional evaluation.

Doctors at the facility say Loughner has been uncooperative and hostile.  They received court permission in June to forcibly medicate him in hopes of restoring his mental competency and thus, clearing the way for a trial.

But Loughner's lawyers have fought the involuntary treatments as illegal, harmful and potentially fatal to their client.  The forced medication was halted for awhile but was resumed two months ago.

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