Tucson rampage suspect's lawyers say meds hurt him

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Posted: Oct 29, 2011 8:24 PM
Tucson rampage suspect's lawyers say meds hurt him

Lawyers are arguing that one of the drugs the Tucson shooting rampage suspect is being forced to take is making him more dangerous to himself, not less.

The arguments in a filing late Friday add to others that defense attorneys for Jared Lee Loughner have made to a federal appeals court. They're trying to overturn a ruling allowing the medication.

The latest argument says Loughner poses a danger to himself because he is depressed, and one of the drugs he's being given at a federal prison facility in Missouri is making him more rational and thus more depressed.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and 12 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The appeals court hears the case Tuesday.