Skip to comments.Loughner to Plead Guilty in Giffords Shooting, Official Says
Posted on 08/04/2012 6:54:33 PM PDT by sitetest
Jared Loughner, the young Tucson man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six people, is set to plead guilty Tuesday, an official familiar with the case said Saturday.
A psychologist appointed by the court is expected to say at the hearing that he is competent to plead guilty, the official said. A previously scheduled status hearing has been changed to a change-of-plea hearing.
In February, the psychologist said Mr. Loughner, a diagnosed schizophrenic, remained incompetent to stand trial. But she said at the time that the defendant was making progress toward competency, according to federal Judge Larry A. Burns, who is hearing the case.
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They aren’t charging him in the death of the judge he killed?
I didn’t see mention of it in the article. It was a brief article.
>> They arent charging him in the death of the judge he killed?
Not important to the #s on the Left. He was a Conservative judge.
“Minimum, life without parole in Super Max”
My guess is that would be the absolute maximum.
I'd be surprised if he pleaded guilty without a deal to avoid a sentence of death.
“We’ll hang him right after the trial.”-Dean Martin in ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICO
“We’ll hang him right after the trial.”-Dean Martin in ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICHO.
Good. Be done with this jerk. Death penalty I hope.
Under Federal law, he cannot receive the FEDERAL death penalty, 18 U.S.C. 351 would not apply.
However, he still can be charged under capital murder in Arizona.
“Under Federal law, he cannot receive the FEDERAL death penalty, 18 U.S.C. 351 would not apply.”
One wonders, then, what sort of deal has been worked out for Mr. Loughner. Perhaps it's been coordinated with state prosecutors to avoid a capital charge from the state of Arizona.
Here is a paragraph recently added to the story:
“Mr. Loughner is expected to agree to a life sentence under the plea deal, the official said.”
Maybe he could under 18 U.S.C. § 1111. I have never heard the federal govt charging someone with ordinary murder.
Mr. Loughner is expected to agree to a life sentence under the plea deal, the official said.
Damn it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We get to support him the rest of his natural life????? UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As long as he’s going to spend his life in jail, I want him walkin’ the green mile, knowing that some day the appeals will run out and he’ll have to go sit in Ole Sparky.
Why isn’t he eligible for the federal death penalty? He killed one federal official and attempted to kill another. Is it because the one that was killed was not acting in an official capacity and that Giffords who was in an official capacity (having a “congress on the corner” meeting) wasn’t killed?
“In February, the psychologist said Mr. Loughner, a diagnosed schizophrenic, remained incompetent to stand trial.”
There’s a high likelihood that the guilty plea will be a plea of guilty by reason of insanity.
I think life without parole in the GENERAL PRISON POPULATION....
would be acceptable...
but this silly looking PO runny S will not be in the general population.
he will be protected...so no deal. he needs to be fried.
I don’t think that there is any such plea.
An acceptance of insanity by the court precludes guilt.
I don't think there's a plea of “guilty by reason of insanity,” but I did read the other day that in Arizona, pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity are not permitted.
There is a verdict of “guilty, but insane.” The upshot is the person convicted in this manner is committed to a mental hospital until such time, if it ever comes about, that he recovers from his insanity. At that time, he is sent to prison.
Maybe trial for killing the judge is held for a second trial in case things don't work out in the first. Also, shooting a judge makes the kind of crime different, doesn't it? I'm not sure.
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