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.