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Accused Tucson shooter mentally fit, pleads guilty

Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to going on a shooting rampage at a political gathering, killing six people and wounding his intended target, then-Congresswoman Gabriele Giffords, and 12 others.

Loughner’s plea spares him the death penalty and came soon after a federal judge found that months of forcibly medicating him to treat his schizophrenia had made the 23-year-old college dropout competent to understand the gravity of the charges and assist in his defense.

Under the plea, he will be sentenced to life in federal prison without the possibility of parole.

The outcome was welcomed by some victims, including Giffords herself, as a way to avoid a lengthy, possibly traumatic trial and years of legal wrangling over a death sentence.

"The pain and loss caused by the events of Jan. 8, 2011, are incalculable," Giffords said in a joint statement with her husband, Mark Kelly. "Avoiding a trial will allow us — and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community — to continue with our recovery."

Experts had concluded that Loughner suffers from schizophrenia, and officials at a federal prison have forcibly medicated him with psychotropic drugs for more than a year.

Wow. We forcibly make him competent in order to incarcerate him for life — just like how we forcibly make people competent in order to execute them. Will the treatment continue in prison? It’s likely, but not guaranteed. 

While I’m glad he is being sentenced to life without parole, and I’m also happy victims are receiving closure, I still have serious issues with the forcible drugging of people who commit crimes in order to render them competent for trial or plea agreements. To me, that just speaks to the fact that the court is tacitly admitting the person was incompetent at the time of the offense, but since we can maybe restore competency long enough, meh

That’s just my thoughts. Again, I don’t think he WASN’T guilty, but I’m a little skeptical about forcibly medicating people.

Filed under Jared Lee Loughner Tucson Gabrielle Giffords politics civil liberties civil rights mental illness criminal justice

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Time for a mic check?
Sheriff Joe doesn’t want protesters at his speaking gig, and we all know what Sheriff Joe thinks of the Bill of Rights.
Hey Tucson (and the rest of Arizona) - you know what to do! Go share your love of the First Amendment with America’s Toughest Worst Sheriff.
Here’s the info:
Republicans Meeting with speaker Sheriff Joe ArpaioWhere: Voyager Catalina Room, 8701 S. Kolb Rd. (I-10 and Kolb, Exit 270, go south 1/4 mile, entrance on the left hand side of street).When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 5:30 PM
Go Occupy Sheriff Joe!

Time for a mic check?

Sheriff Joe doesn’t want protesters at his speaking gig, and we all know what Sheriff Joe thinks of the Bill of Rights.

Hey Tucson (and the rest of Arizona) - you know what to do! Go share your love of the First Amendment with America’s Toughest Worst Sheriff.

Here’s the info:

Republicans Meeting with speaker Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Where: Voyager Catalina Room, 8701 S. Kolb Rd. (I-10 and Kolb, Exit 270, go south 1/4 mile, entrance on the left hand side of street).
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 5:30 PM

Go Occupy Sheriff Joe!

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making  headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the  media will bother to cover it.
The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border  with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May  30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,”  which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take  their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”.  They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based  on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by  claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him  point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife,  Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot  Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was  sleeping over at a friend’s.)
(via CrooksandLiars)

There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the media will bother to cover it.

The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May 30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,” which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”. They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife, Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was sleeping over at a friend’s.)

(via CrooksandLiars)

(Source: onceuponanotsolongtimeago, via corruptpolitics-deactivated2011)

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