Lawyers argue against delaying Loughner's transfer

AP News
Posted: Oct 03, 2011 8:21 PM
Lawyers argue against delaying Loughner's transfer

Prosecutors are asking an appeals court to deny delaying the Tucson shooting rampage suspect's return to a Missouri prison facility.

Jared Lee Loughner's attorneys on Friday asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to delay his transfer from Tucson back to Springfield, arguing that it would cause him "irreparable harm."

Prosecutors filed their response Monday, saying Loughner gets constant medical care and psychiatric treatment at the Missouri facility, and has greatly improved since he arrived there four months ago.

They also argue that delaying Loughner's transfer isn't in the public interest, saying that "the victims in this case have a right to a prompt resolution."

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