Feds oppose drug notification request for Loughner

AP News
Posted: Jun 16, 2011 6:55 PM
Feds oppose drug notification request for Loughner

Prosecutors have asked a judge to reject a renewed push by lawyers for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage to be given notice before their client is given anti-psychotic drugs.

Jared Loughner has been at a Missouri prison facility since May 28 after a judge declared him mentally incompetent to stand trial. Mental health experts will try to make him psychologically fit.

Prosecutors argued in a court filing Thursday that a person found to be mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial isn't necessarily psychologically unfit to agree to medical treatment.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns denied a notification request earlier this month. Loughner's attorneys have renewed that request.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.