Loughner's attorneys ask court to halt medication

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Posted: Aug 15, 2011 9:45 PM
Loughner's attorneys ask court to halt medication

Lawyers for the Tucson shooting rampage suspect again asked a court to halt the forced medication of their client with psychotropic drugs.

Jared Lee Loughner's attorneys tell the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal on Monday that their client's due-process rights were violated when he was denied the chance to call a witness at a hearing at the Missouri prison where he is being held.

Prison officials concluded Loughner should be medicated because his outbursts there posed a danger.

Loughner's attorneys say his rights were violated when the prison _ and not a judge _ decided he should be medicated.

Prosecutors say Loughner was given due-process protections.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.