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Published: 03/4/11

Jared Lee Loughner Case: Feds Add Murder Charges, Potential Death Penalty

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Jared Lee Loughner Case: Feds Add Murder Charges, Potential Death Penalty

The federal government's case against Jared Lee Loughner got bigger and more serious Friday after a grand jury returned a new, 49-count indictment charging the Tucson, Ariz., shooting suspect with multiple first-degree murder charges for his alleged role in the deadly Jan. 10 attack. A new arraignment in the case is set for March 9. Six people, including Arizona Chief District Judge John M. Roll, were killed, and 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (D-Ariz.), were wounded when Loughner, 22, allegedly began shooting a semi-automatic weapon inside a supermarket during one of Rep....

Published: 01/26/11

Judge John Roll's Successor Declares 'Judicial Emergency' in Arizona

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Judge John Roll's Successor Declares 'Judicial Emergency' in Arizona

Chief U.S. District Judge John M. Roll may have stopped by to say hello to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at that Tucson Safeway on Jan. 8 -- a simple gesture that cost him his life -- but he was there mostly so he could talk business with the federal lawmaker and her staff about what he called a "tsunami" of criminal cases battering Arizona's federal courts. There were, he had often said to anyone who would listen, just too many felony cases for too few judges with too little resources, especially in Tucson. In fact, just six weeks before his death, Roll asked his bosses at the 9th U.S. Circuit...

Published: 01/22/11

United States v. Loughner: The Decision About the Death Penalty

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
United States v. Loughner: The Decision About the Death Penalty

In United States v. Jared Lee Loughner, the federal case against the Tucson shooting suspect, the action now shifts from public disclosures about what happened at the Safeway supermarket on Jan. 8 to private conversations between federal lawyers in Arizona and Washington over whether the death penalty should be a sentencing option for the jury. These talks -- between the U.S. Attorney in Arizona and the Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder -- are required under an elaborate series of rules in the United States' Attorneys Manual. That federal prosecutor's bible has been...

Published: 01/18/11

Slain Judge John Roll Tried to Shield Other Tucson Victim, Video Indicates

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Slain Judge John Roll Tried to Shield Other Tucson Victim, Video Indicates

Videotape of the gruesome scene of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., shows that Chief U.S. District Judge John M. Roll apparently tried to help another victim before he himself was shot to death in the back by suspected gunman Jared Lee Loughner, the New York Times reported Tuesday evening in a graphic account of the chaos and death at a neighborhood Safeway supermarket on Jan. 8. Richard Kastigator, described by the Times as the "investigative and operational bureau chief of the Pima County Sheriff's Department," told the paper that Judge Roll was "intentionally try to help Mr. [Ronald]...

Published: 01/15/11

Arizona Shooting: Federal Judge Larry Burns to Preside in Trial of Jared Loughner

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Arizona Shooting: Federal Judge Larry Burns to Preside in Trial of Jared Loughner

U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns, whose home court is in San Diego, has been tapped to preside over the federal murder trial of Jared Lee Loughner, the 22-year-old defendant charged in the deadly shooting rampage in Tucson. Burns' involvement became necessary this past week after each of Arizona's federal trial judges -- 10 active jurists and eight senior members -- recused themselves from presiding over the case because it involves the murder of their former boss, Chief U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, who was killed during the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords last Saturday. Burns is a...

Published: 01/14/11

Could Jared Loughner's Trial Be Moved From Arizona? You Bet

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Could Jared Loughner's Trial Be Moved From Arizona? You Bet

Given the amount of media coverage since last Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, not to mention Wednesday's intense memorial service for the victims attended by President Obama, it may not be too long before Judy Clarke, the veteran attorney representing murder defendant Jared Lee Loughner, formally requests to have her client's federal trial moved out of Arizona. And it may be very difficult for federal prosecutors to convince the judge just assigned to the case -- U.S District Judge Larry A. Burns, of San Diego -- to block the move. The Sixth Amendment may give the accused "the right to a...

Published: 01/11/11

Judy Clarke: Jared Loughner's 'Amazing' Attorney

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Judy Clarke: Jared Loughner's 'Amazing' Attorney

Judy Clarke is the Forrest Gump of criminal defense attorneys. Otherwise unassuming, even shy, she seems to turn up, front and center, for many of the cases we'll never forget. She counseled Ted Kaczynski 13 years ago this month when the Unabomber was toying with the government in advance of his guilty plea. She helped an unrepentant Eric Robert Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber, avoid a death sentence. She was present and accountable during the chaotic trial of Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who drowned her two small children in a car in a lake. She even represented Zacarias...

Published: 01/10/11

Jared Loughner's Trial: Previewing the Tucson Massacre Case

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Jared Loughner's Trial: Previewing the Tucson Massacre Case

The federal criminal case against Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner looks to be a straight-forward affair. He was reportedly tackled to the ground inside the Safeway supermarket Saturday morning after firing dozens of rounds from a gun he allegedly purchased at a local store. There were many eyewitnesses to the crime, including wounded survivors of the attack. Loughner left behind, according to the criminal complaint against him, several written "statements" suggesting premeditation, intent and a specific target. There is also, says the FBI, relevant video surveillance tape of the...

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