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Jun292011

Emergency Hearing Scheduled in Jared Loughner Case

Pima County Sheriff's Department(SAN DIEGO) -- Jared Lee Loughner, charged in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that left six dead and 13 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for an emergency hearing to determine whether prison officials should stop forcing him to take anti-psychotic medication.

The emergency hearing comes after the release of a new court filing that offered insight into Loughner's disturbing behavior and raised more questions about whether he could ever be considered psychologically fit enough to stand trial.

Tuesday's filing said that on April 4 Loughner spat at his lawyer and lunged at her before prison staff restrained him.

The filing also said that an angry Loughner used profanities and threw a plastic chair at a psychiatrist multiple times during a taped interview on March 28. He also hurled a wet toilet paper roll at a camera that was in the room.

Prosecutors are using these incidents to argue in the court filings that Loughner should be given anti-psychotic medication. They claim he is a danger to others.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns called for today's emergency meeting at 2 p.m. in San Diego to try to resolve whether the forced medication should be continued.

Last month, Burns ruled that Loughner was not competent to stand trial because he was a paranoid schizophrenic and delusional. The judge has also denied two requests from Loughner's attorneys that they be notified before he is medicated.

Loughner has been held at a prison medical facility in Springfield, Mo., where psychiatrists are trying to restore his mental health so that he can participate in court proceedings. He arrived at the facility on May 28 and could spend up to four months there.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to the 49 charges against him stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting.

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