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Published: 01/14/11

Ariz. Judge Remembered as Wise Jurist, Devout Family Man

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Ariz. Judge Remembered as Wise Jurist, Devout Family Man

A devout Catholic, Judge John Roll tried to go to Mass every day. It was a clear, crisp morning on Saturday when he emerged from his Tucson, Ariz., church and decided to say hello to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was meeting constituents at a nearby Safeway supermarket parking lot. He wanted to thank her for her help tackling an overload of cases in Arizona's federal courts. Federal 9th Circuit Court / AP A funeral ceremony for Judge John Roll, who died Saturday in the Tucson, Ariz., shootings, was held Friday at his church. Less than a week later, Roll's funeral was held at...

Published: 01/11/11

Loughner's Parents Say They Don't Understand 'Heinous Events'

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Loughner's Parents Say They Don't Understand 'Heinous Events'

Still secluded inside their home, the family of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner expressed their sorrow today over the rampage and said they are struggling to come to grips with the tragedy. "This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened," the family said in statement handed to reporters gathered outside the simple, single-level ranch house in a quiet Tucson neighborhood where Loughner lived with his...

Published: 01/11/11

Jared Loughner, Suspect in Giffords Shooting, Was Registered as an Independent

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Jared Loughner, Suspect in Giffords Shooting, Was Registered as an Independent

Republicans and Democrats are battling over the political identity of Jared Loughner, but the suspected Tucson gunman is actually a registered independent, according to Pima County voting records. In the aftermath of the rampage, in which Loughner is accused of shooting Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (and a slew of others), both sides of the political spectrum quickly engaged in a public relations struggle over constructing Loughner's persona. The liberal side sought to depict Loughner as a radical anti-government conservative, saying heated tea party rhetoric and Sarah Palin's political...

Published: 01/11/11

When It Comes to the Rhetoric of Rage, the Right Has the Edge

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
When It Comes to the Rhetoric of Rage, the Right Has the Edge

It was inevitable. A horrific shooting in Arizona has prompted a vitriolic debate about vitriolic political discourse. Nanoseconds after Jared Lee Loughner attempted to kill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), murdering six other people and wounding over a dozen, including the congresswoman, commentators on the left accused the right of creating a rage-filled political atmosphere that could lead to violence. Noting that Sarah Palin's political action committee had named Giffords a "target" and literally placed her in cross-hairs, blogger Andrew Sullivan maintained that "her recklessly violent...

Published: 01/10/11

Arizona Shooting Suspect Ordered Held Without Bail

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Arizona Shooting Suspect Ordered Held Without Bail

The suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage that left a congresswoman gravely wounded appeared today in federal court, where he was ordered held without bail. Wearing a tan prison uniform, Jared Loughner, 22, was brought into the heavily guarded Phoenix courtroom in handcuffs. His head was shaved and a cut was visible on his right temple. AP Jared Loughner is accused of killing six people and wounding 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner, who is accused of killing six people and wounding 14 others, confirmed his name and answered "yes" in a deep, level voice...

Published: 01/9/11

Arizona Suspect's Erratic Behavior Raises Questions About Gun Sales

By  Lisa Holewa - AOL News
Arizona Suspect's Erratic Behavior Raises Questions About Gun Sales

Jared Loughner's behavior was so disturbing, he was forced to withdraw from community college classes last fall, told he could return only with a mental health evaluation showing he "does not present a danger to himself or others." He tried to enlist in the Army in 2008 but was rejected as unqualified. And those who knew him described him to reporters as a "troubled young man" who frequently had such unusual outbursts that no one even wanted to sit next to him in class. But, according to The Washington Post, on Nov. 30, Loughner legally purchased the Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that law...

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