facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Hospital can continue to medicate Loughner

Aug. 27, 2011 at 6:33 PM   |   Comments

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A federal judge has effectively approved a U.S. prison hospital's decision to medicate accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner without his consent.

Loughner, who allegedly killed six people and wounded 13 in a spree aimed at U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has been found incompetent to stand trial. He is being held in the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo.

At a hearing Friday in San Diego, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns cited evidence that Loughner deteriorated dramatically when he was taken off medication July 1, the Arizona Daily Star reported. Burns rejected a request by Loughner's lawyers to hold a hearing on the forcible medication.

A federal appeals court ruled Loughner could only be forcibly medicated in an emergency. A psychologist, testifying by telephone from Springfield, said Loughner began pacing compulsively, sometimes for as long as 50 hours. Christine Pietz said he refused antibiotics after his feet became infected.

The hospital put him back on medication July 18.

Giffords suffered severe head injuries in the shooting.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
4
Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym
5
Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians Snowden reveals connection between NSA and Israel's spying on Palestinians
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback