Defense: Prison Will Force Drugs on Loughner

Attorneys file emergency motion to stop forced medication
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2011 6:25 AM CDT
Defendant Jared Loughner is restrained by US Marshals following an outburst during his competency hearing in federal court May 25 in Tucson.   (AP Photo/Bill Robles)
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(Newser) – Prison officials will force Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner to take anti-psychotic drugs after finding earlier this month that he is a danger to himself, his lawyers say. The attorneys have filed an emergency motion asking the judge to put a stop to it, but US District Judge Larry Burns has twice denied requests that the lawyers be notified before Loughner is drugged. Loughner has been at a medical facility since being declared mentally incompetent to stand trial, the AP reports.

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