Jared Loughner due in court to face charges in Tuscon shooting

Gabrielle Giffords

Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Gabrielle Giffords (pictured), is appearing in court Jan. 10 for arraignment. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Jared Loughner, the man accused of carrying out the Tuscon shooting rampage, will be appearing in court on Jan. 10. He will be arraigned on numerous charges, including murder and attempted murder. He is said to not be cooperating with investigators.

Court appearance for Jared Loughner for arraignment

The man accused of carrying out the deadly Tuscon shooting spree in Arizona, Jared Loughner, is set to appear in federal court for arraignment on Jan. 10. Loughner, 22, will face five federal charges, including murder and attempted murder, according to the New York Times. State charges may be pending, and Robert Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has not ruled out filing charges of terrorism. Loughner has invoked his right under the Fifth Amendment to not make any statements to police or investigators. Loughner will be defended by Judy Clarke, a federal public defender who defended Oklahoma City bombing mastermind Tim McVeigh, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, and 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.

History of disturbed behavior

Jared Lee Loughner has a history of strange behavior and outbursts. He was suspended from Pima Community College for disruptive behavior. He had at least five instances of unruly behavior that involved campus police. One of his former professors came forward, according to CBS, and said that when his name was mentioned in connection with the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it immediately rang a bell. On “The Early Show,” the instructor, Debbie Scheidemantel, recounted an incident that was sparked when Loughner didn’t receive full credit for late assignments. He claimed that not giving him full credit for a late assignment was infringing on his First Amendment rights. He was pulled out of class by campus police. Loughner also has a number of videos on his YouTube page, which are odd, to say the least.

May face death penalty

The arraignment will take place in the federal courthouse in Phoenix. Loughner may face the death penalty for the crimes he is accused of. Timothy McVeigh, who Clarke also defended, was sentenced to death for his crimes, and his execution was carried out in 2005.

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