Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Loughner Medical Records

Loughner Medical Records - The judge in the Jared Loughner case on Wednesday ordered that Loughner's medical records be produced for a court-ordered psychological evaluator, over the objections of Loughner's defense attorney.

Loughner, the suspect in the Jan. 8 shootings outside Tucson that killed six and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is undergoing psychological evaluation in a government hospital in Missouri to determine if he is competent to stand trial.

Loughner is charged with 49 federal felonies stemming from the shooting spree.

On April 8, federal prosecutors asked that a psychologist examining Loughner, Dr. Christina Pietz, be provided records from Loughner's pediatrician and from two emergency room visits, one after Loughner showed up for high school classes intoxicated.

Judy Clarke, Loughner's lead defense attorney, objected, asking the court and prosecutors to guarantee that the information would not be made public or used against Loughner in prosecution.
U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns ruled in favor of the prosecutors and ordered that the records be produced.

"If consideration of the records will assist Dr. Pietz in conducting a more thorough, more scientific and more reliable examination than is otherwise possible, she should have them," Burns wrote. "With all respect, the defense's argument that the records are not essential to a determination of competency is somewhat presumptuous and surely beside the point."

Loughner Medical Records

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