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Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) breaks down the Gabrielle Giffords shooting at the hands of Jared Loughner in the context of various right wing politicians and pundits using violent rhetoric and imagery.
BY: CHRISTIE NICKS
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Jared Loughner is indicted on 49 charges - six of them, for murder- one for attempted assassination. But to all of them - the man accused of the January shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Tuscon - pleads- not guilty.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns entered the not-guilty plea on behalf of the accused Tucson shooter Wednesday. Loughner came into the courtroom grinning ear to ear.
Then- as CNN reports- the judge shocked the court with this announcement.
“The big surprise here is that the government, not the defense, the government wants a mental competency hearing and they would like it sooner than later. The judge in the end decided with them and said, ‘yes’ and they’re gonna do it on May 25th but that was really the headline- everything is off until they figure out if Loughner’s competent.”
Judge Burns says he doesn’t want the trial to continue until he is certain that quote “Mr. Loughner is on board.” But a commentator for The Atlantic says what happens after the competency trial could hamper the overall trial’s outcome.
“If the judge still believes that at the end of the competency hearing, after all the mental health experts have weighed in, the case, United States v. Loughner will effectively be put on hold, indefinitely ... we may never know (as far as we ever could know) exactly what he was thinking when he walked toward that Safeway supermarket.”
But according to Fox News - Loughner’s defense attorney Judy Clarke says she needs more time.
“Out of the 49 charges, 14 of them make him eligible for the death penalty. But here’s how the death penalty thing will have to play out- Both sides have to make an argument to the Department of Justice in Washington... the special committee within the Department of Justice would make the determination whether the death penalty will be sought in this case.”
Several survivors were in the courtroom Wednesday facing Loughner for the first time since the shooting in Tucson. CBS asked survivor Susan Heilman’s husband, Bill Heilman, what he thought if Loughner was deemed unfit for trial after the May competency hearing.
(He tells CBS...) "It wouldn't bother me to the extent I don't believe that would likely be a permanent situation... I know that if that were to occur, he can be rehabbed so that the trial could take place later. It's just a matter of patience."
As the prosecutor described some of Loughner’s mental behavior in the past, Loughner reportedly was grinning and raising his eyebrows. Loughner also is said to have had an eerily cheerful demeanor during the hearing on Wednesday.
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