Feds urge change to mental exam order for Loughner

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 9:17 PM
Feds urge change to mental exam order for Loughner

Prosecutors urged an appeals court to modify a mental competency exam order for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request last week by Jared Loughner to halt the exam at a Missouri facility and return him to Arizona.

But the court put on hold U.S. District Judge Larry Burns' order requiring that video recordings of the exam be given to lawyers on both sides.

Burns has since proposed that he _ and not Loughner's attorneys _ should pick a psychiatrist to conduct a second exam. He also says the best way to resolve a dispute over access to the videos is to remove the recording requirement.

Prosecutors say the appeals court should agree to the changes proposed by Burns.