Loughner Ordered Held Without Bail

Entire Arizona bench recuses itself
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2011 5:49 PM CST
This undated photo released by the Pima County Sheriff's Office shows shooting suspect Jared Loughner.    ((AP Photo/Pima County Sheriff's Dept. via The Arizona Republic))
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(Newser) – Jared Loughner got his first appearance in court today, sporting what the Arizona Republic calls a shaved head, "a smirk on his lips and a red strawberry bruise." The US magistrate appointed Judy Clarke—whose clients have included Timothy McVeigh and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski—his defense attorney. Highlights from the proceedings:

  • Southern Arizona's entire federal bench—all colleagues of John Roll—recused itself from the case. Clarke will file papers to exclude the entire Arizona bench, citing "great concern."

  • Clarke is also seeking the recusal of the entire US Attorney's office in Phoenix.
  • When the magistrate asked Loughner if he understood he could face a life sentence or a death sentence, he responded, "yes."
  • Clarke waved a detention hearing and was remanded into custody without bail. His next hearing is January 24.

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