After being wrestled down and arrested at the scene of the fatal shooting in Tucson earlier this month and after a number of witnesses said he was the shooter, Jared Loughner entered a not guilty plea in a brief appearance at a Phoenix federal court Monday. –KA

USA Today:

Loughner, 22, at times scrunched his face and at others laughed openly as his defense attorney, Judy Clarke, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Wallace Kleindienst discussed the case at a brief arraignment hearing.

[…] Loughner is charged with one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress in connection with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder of a federal employee in the wounding of Giffords aides Pam Simon and Ron Barber.

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