Alleged Tucson Gunman Jared Lee Loughner Researched Lethal Injection & Assassinations on Internet Prior to Shooting Spree


Can you say “premeditation” and he knew exactly what he was doing?

Jared Lee Loughner’s lawyers job was just made a lot more difficult. As reported by the Washington Post, Jared Lee Loughner, the suspected gunman who killed six and wounded 13 in the Tucson, AZ shooting, researched on the Internet lethal injections and solitary confinement in prison in the weeks prior to his assassination attempt of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-D). But wait, it gets better or worse depending on whether you are a member of the prosecution or the defense … Loughtner researched political assassins and punishments he could face for murderon-line as well. Can you say that Loughner will be considered sane, in the legal sense.

Jared Loughner, he might look crazy, but he knew exactly what he was doing

Loughner pulled up several Web sites about lethal injections and solitary confinement in prison, said the sources, who asked to be anonymous because the investigation is ongoing. He also viewed Internet sites about political assassins, according to an analysis of Loughner’s computer that was completed by investigators last week, the sources said.

Police seized Loughner’s computer when they forcibly entered his family home in Tucson on Jan. 8, shortly after the shooting outside a Safeway that killed six people and injured 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

With Jared Lee Loughner planning and staging his shooting spree, it is going to be extremely difficult for his defense attorney, Judy Clarke, to prove that he was insane in the multiple indictments against Loughtner.

Loughner was arraigned in a federal courthouse in Phoenix on Monday. Judy Clarke, Loughner’s defense attorney from California, asked the court to enter a not-guilty plea on his behalf on three counts of attempting to kill federal employees, including Giffords.

Loughner was also indicted on charges of attempting to assassinate two of Giffords’s aides, Ron Barber and Pam Simon, who were injured in the attack. Two other federal employees, U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and another Giffords aide, Gabe Zimmerman, were killed.

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Alleged Tucson Gunman Jared Lee Loughner Researched Lethal Injection & Assassinations on Internet Prior to Shooting Spree”

    1. Greg the Mongoose on January 26th, 2011 5:20 pm

      “Loughner pulled up several Web sites about lethal injections and solitary confinement in prison.”
      What? They give them internet access in solitary confinement in prison? They wonder why so many people are locked up. Sounds like a dam country club. The Country is broke but the prisoners have the internet and what other perks? Well is your reading this Loughner? ROT IN HELL YOU SOB!
      SM: Greg, I think the article used a poor choice of words. From all my research I believe that the internet searches did not occur while he was in prison, it was on his home computer.

      “solitary confinement in prison” was meant to be solitary confinement while in prison, not he searched it while in prison. I cannot imagine that they would allow this freak any internet access.


    2. Greg the Great on January 26th, 2011 7:04 pm

      OOPS,I put my glasses on. The media says his father acted strange also. Even comparing their behavior as a family mental illness. Saying the POT use was some type of self medication. Trying to get the voices out of his head. BS!

      Jared Lee Loughner planned to KILL!
      SM: Yes he did and there is no way he is getting around all the planning and plotting he did prior to the henious act. People get crazy and EVIL mixed up all the time.


    3. A Texas Grandfather on January 26th, 2011 8:10 pm

      Great reply to Greg’s comments Red.

      It is beginning to look like the entire household may fit your assesment.

    4. NGBoston on January 27th, 2011 11:22 am

      There goes the insanity defense (which he had a minute chance of being granted anyway.)

      Loughner’s Mental illness is one thing, his actions prior to committing his crimes spells pre-meditation.

      Buh-Bye Scumbag!

    5. Steve on January 28th, 2011 11:11 am


      It is unclear who led you astray on this, as the linked articles clearly discuss Loughner accessing the web before the shooting incident, on his home computer.

      WaPo: “In the days and weeks before the shooting rampage in Tucson, Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet on his home computer in what investigators believe was preparation for his alleged assassination attempt. . . . The suspect’s focus on several Web sites – covering lethal injection, solitary confinement and political assassinations . . ..”

      Politico: “In the days leading up to his attempt to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner researched political assassins and punishments he could face for murder, an examination of his computer has found.

      Your guess is as good as mine regarding the source of language you cited, an honest misinterpretation on your part.

    6. barbreee on January 30th, 2011 1:44 pm

      Greg, Steve seems to get his rocks off on feeling superior with picking our comments, grammar, past tense and present tense apart. I’m beginning to think he is a Loughner type of guy. And he finds himself amusing.

      Loughner had no friends either. Can’t wait until SM bans him.

    7. Dolf on February 3rd, 2011 12:54 pm


      yeah..He must be a sociopath killer because he posts things I don’t like. BAN him.


    8. OIFMEDIC447 on February 9th, 2011 1:30 pm

      I gotta give the Chinese this much. Last year when they had that rash of men who went into the schools and massacred numerous children. The criminals trials,appeals,and executions were done within a month. We could learn a thing or two from our creditors about the proper disposal of murderous animals like Loughner. I bet Chinese prisons don’t have net access either.

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