Loughner's lawyers want exclusive access to videos

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 9:10 PM
Loughner's lawyers want exclusive access to videos

Attorneys for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage have asked an appeals court for exclusive access to video recordings of their client's mental competency exam.

Jared Lee Loughner's lawyers told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that their request Thursday is intended to protect his rights and ensure that his examiner gets an accurate appreciation of his mental impairments.

The court had denied a request by Loughner to halt the exam, but put on hold U.S. District Judge Larry Burns' order requiring that videos of the exam be given to lawyers on both sides.

Burns has since proposed removing the recording requirement.

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

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 attack.