Lawyers for Tucson suspect want interviews taped

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Posted: Oct 26, 2011 11:02 PM
Lawyers for Tucson suspect want interviews taped

Lawyers for the suspect charged in the Tucson shooting rampage are again asking that his formal interviews with a prison psychologist be videotaped.

Lawyers for Jared Lee Loughner want U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to reconsider his August order that denied their earlier request.

Attorney Judy Clarke argued in a filing made public late Wednesday that Loughner's mental status has improved so much that the psychologist wants to conduct a formal mental competency assessment by Nov. 12.

The 23-year-old suspect is being forcibly medicated at a federal prison facility in Springfield, Mo. Experts are trying to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that left six people dead and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.