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Loughner Trial Moves to San Diego

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Posted on Feb 20, 2011

The trial of Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter who killed six people in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is being moved from Tucson to San Diego because of worries over pretrial publicity and heightened local sensitivities. —JCL

The Examiner:

The federal trial of Jared Loughner has been moved from Tucson to San Diego due to the pretrial publicity and local sensitivities surrounding the case over concerns Loughner may not get a fair trial in a traumatized Arizona.

Legal experts say the venue change could mean Loughner is less likely to be sentenced to death since California is considered to be less conservative than Arizona.

It was on Jan. 8, 2011, outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona, when Loughner went on a mass shooting spree killing six people, wounding 13 in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who survived after being shot at point blank range to the head.

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By zonth_zonth, February 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

Pusilanimous couch potatoes will not see the signs of revolution in the US even if it boxed their ears. This event more likely is secondary to having guns in the hands of confused ignorant unstable indivuals who conveniently may fit a criteria in the DSMV-4 psychology manual of diagnosis. Also it is somehow societies fault for not “voicing” their obvservations of aberant behavior earlier.

The media will paint any social unrest at a political event resulting in injury or death as an ‘assasination attempt’.

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By reynolds, February 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment

what’s prejudicial? dismissing a seriously mentally ill
person as an “asshole” for starters, maybe.

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By Eric, February 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Where is compassion this guy is one of millions of the mentally ill among us he was a functioning in an impaired manner wake up look at your neighbors and voice the need for mental health care.

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By knute, February 21, 2011 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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I do think this mad dog deserves to be put down, given the fact that we already know without a doubt and witnessed what he did, and the fact that it was premeditated. But I am alittle suspicous that this picture of him is the only one anyone has seen from the media. Is there another agenda at work showing us all this poster boy for capital punishment ?

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By par4, February 21, 2011 at 8:51 am Link to this comment
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The day after the funerals he should have been tried,convicted and then executed. This is another sign of our totally dysfunctional government/justice system. The victims and their families suffer a grave injustice. The citizens and tax payers bear the burden of incarcerating this murderer all so some misguided people can feel they are compassionate. Corrupt lawyers,judges and ‘journalists’ from the ‘news’ media will make big bucks sensationalizing this event.

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By SteveL, February 21, 2011 at 12:28 am Link to this comment

California has had more than its share of sensational trials. What do we need this
mess for?

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By realveive, February 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment

What’s prejudicial?  Plenty of witnesses saw this asshole do what he did.  The “trial” should take an hour and he ought to be in the ground the next day at the latest.

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By gerard, February 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment

I agree that this photo is probably prejudicial in the eyes of most people—unless that is really what he looks like.  To judge that, one would have to see other photos. That means that withholding other photos is an act that could prejudice his trial, hence unfair—even though he has pled guilty(because of insanity?  or what?) 
  No matter what, this case is going to be one tough call for defense attorneys!

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By Rodney, February 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe California can do a better job of keeping guns out of his hands.

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