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Published: 03/11/11

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Recovering by 'Leaps and Bounds,' Doctors Say

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Recovering by 'Leaps and Bounds,' Doctors Say

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues to make a robust recovery, though she has no memory of being shot, her physicians said Friday. At a news conference at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston, doctors said the Arizona Democrat is speaking in full sentences and her short-term memory is improving, ABC News reported. "She can repeat anything we say to her. Now, that's an important neurological recovery fact because what that means is that her whole primary language areas are intact," said Dr. Dong Kim. Related Stories Jared Lee Loughner Case: Feds Add...

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: 02/23/11

More Jared Loughner Arrest Photos Released

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
More Jared Loughner Arrest Photos Released

Two new booking photographs released Tuesday show a smirking Jared Loughner just days after the shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six people and injured 14 others. The photos were taken by the U.S. Marshals Service on Jan. 10, when Loughner appeared before a federal magistrate to be charged in the massacre at a Tucson grocery store that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) with a bullet wound in her head. One photo shows the 22-year-old suspect in profile and the other is head-on. Loughner's lips are upturned in a slight grin similar to the one he had in a mug shot taken by the Pima...

Published: 02/18/11

Judge Rules Loughner Search Warrant Will Stay Private For Now

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Judge Rules Loughner Search Warrant Will Stay Private For Now

A federal trial judge Friday afternoon refused for now to order the release of search warrant information about Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting that left six dead, including Arizona Chief U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). However, U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns refused a defense request to block the public release of Loughner's official mug shots. Instead, Burns ruled that the U.S. Marshal's Service, which took and now holds the photographs, must determine under its own procedures whether they can...

Published: 02/12/11

Legal Battle Over Tucson Defendant Jared Loughner's 'Real' Mug Shot

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Legal Battle Over Tucson Defendant Jared Loughner's 'Real' Mug Shot

We've all seen the photograph by now -- those of us who wanted to, anyway. In it, Jared Lee Loughner, the Tucson shooting suspect, stares directly into the camera, head shaved clean, eyes wide open, with a slight smirk that is, at best, unsettling. If the photo were ever introduced at trial -- which is unlikely-- federal prosecutors might say it shows the ubiquitous "face of terror." Defense attorneys, on the other hand, likely would counter that it's some visible proof of their client's unbalanced mental state in the hours following his alleged crimes. Either way, the picture, released to...

Published: 02/4/11

Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Mark Kelly to Fly Space Shuttle Endeavour in April

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Mark Kelly to Fly Space Shuttle Endeavour in April

With his wounded wife Gabrielle Giffords making a promising recovery, astronaut Mark Kelly has decided to command the Space Shuttle Endeavour when it rockets off for a two-week orbital mission in mid-April. Kelly said earlier this week that Giffords, an Arizona congresswoman, is improving every day from the bullet wound to the head she suffered in a Jan. 8 attack outside a Tucson supermarket. "The neurosurgeons and neurologists tell me that that's a great sign. The slope of that curve is very important," he said. Kelly, who spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast on Capitol Hill Thursday,...

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...

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