Thursday, June 2, 2011

Federal Judge Rejects Motion for Advance Notice of Loughner Drugging

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Believing that Jared Loughner would not be forcibly medicated without the permission of the court, Judge Larry Burns rejected the defense's motion to be notified in advance of plans to administer psychotropic drugs to their client:

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said he was confident that doctors at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. — where Loughner is being held while undergoing treatment — would adhere to federal law, which only allows them to administer drugs to Loughner if he voluntarily decides to take them.

If Loughner, who was deemed unfit to stand trial last week, refuses to take the anti-psychotic medication, then prosecutors may seek to gain a request by doctors for the court’s approval to forcibly administer the drugs. In that case, Burns said, Loughner’s lawyers would be notified.

“The Court is confident that the trained medical staff at the Federal Medical Facility are aware the defendant may not be forcibly medicated absent a suitability determination and authorization from this Court,” Burns wrote in an order denying the request.

[...]

Burns said that if Loughner's lawyers wanted to be notified before he was administered any drugs which he voluntarily agreed to take, they must resubmit a more detailed request outlining their stipulations.

[The Hill]

Tags: , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Dan Gibson

Staff Pick

[sic]

In adjacent apartments that resemble broom closets with windows, three young, ambitious neighbors come together to discuss,… More

@ Live Theatre Workshop Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Independent Distillery to Release Its First Batch of Handcrafted Spirits (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The Weekly List: 21 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Seven Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Casa Video Top 10 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation