Posted tagged ‘Congresswoman Shot’

Jared Lee Loughner Pleads Not Guilty

January 25, 2011

Judge Larry Burns has entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Jared Lee Loughner to three counts of attempted murder in the Tucson, Arizona shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords earlier this month.

From CNN:

After entering the packed courtroom, Loughner, 22, showed the same smirk as he had in his mug shot. He appeared to chuckle to himself as he looked into an upper balcony area filled with spectators. He smiled occasionally during the 15-minute arraignment and remained silent.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns asked federal public defender Judy Clarke about Loughner’s ability to comprehend the proceedings.

“We are not raising that issue at this time,” Clarke told the judge.

When the judge asked for plea from the defendant, Clarke asked the judge to enter one on Loughner’s behalf.

State of Arizona Passes Funeral Protection Zones Law‎

January 12, 2011

Arizona has passed an emergency law to head off picketing by Westboro Baptist Church near the funeral service for nine-year-old Christina Green who was killed during the mass shooting in Tucson this past weekend.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The law, which took effect immediately, sets up a 300-foot perimeter around funerals in the state, beginning one hour before the service and extending until one hour after.

Following the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six and wounded 14, Fred Phelps, pastor of the Kansas-based church, took to the Internet to ”thank God for the violent shooter.” He also said his congregation would picket the funeral of Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old bystander killed in the gunfire.

“Such despicable acts of emotional terrorism will not be tolerated in the State of Arizona,” Ms. Brewer said in a statement “This legislation will assure that the victims of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson will be laid to rest in peace with the full dignity and respect that they deserve.”

Jared Lee Loughner’s Poems Evoke Daily Routine

January 12, 2011

It seems that Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting 20 people this past weekend at a Tucson, Arizona political event, attended a poetry class last year at Pima County Community College where issues surrounding his daily routine appeared to have been shared.

From CNN:

Student Don Coorough provided CNN’s Special Investigations Unit with copies of two poems purportedly written by Loughner for the spring semester class. They have been transcribed below with the same spelling and line breaks as the original copies.

*Poems can be found at the link above*

Federal Judge John M. Roll Dies in Arizona Shooting

January 8, 2011

Federal Judge John M. Roll was among those killed in Tucson, Arizona this morning which severly injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The gunman has been identified as 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner.

From the Washington Post:

John. M. Roll, the federal judge killed Saturday in the Tucson shooting that critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), has been at the center of the state’s complicated political battle over immigration.

In February 2009, Roll received hundreds of threats after he allowed a lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants against a rancher to go forward. “They cursed him out, threatened to kill his family, said they’d come and take care of him. They really wanted him dead,” a law enforcement official told The Washington Post in May 2009.

Threats against federal judges and prosecutors nationwide have been soaring in recent years. There is no indication he was the gunman’s target, and witness accounts describe the shooter as firing at Giffords first.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

January 8, 2011

At least 12 people have been shot this morning at a Tucson grocery store. Included in the wounded are Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The Associated Press is reporting that Giffords has been shot in the head and NPR is reporting that she has died. Until I have a definitive statement, I will assume that Giffords is still alive and I wish only the best for her and her family.

Also shot was Federal Judge John M. Roll. It is being reported that he has died.

The shooter has been identified as Jared Lee Loughner. Still trying to get confirmation of the spelling of his name. But he is 22 years old and it is believed that he unsuccessfully attempted to enlist in the US Army.

From CNN:

Giffords was holding a constituent meeting at the grocery store when the shooting occurred, according to a schedule posted on her website.

Neither Giffords’ condition nor that of any of the other wounded was immediately available. The Democratic source described the situation as “pretty serious.”

The shooting occurred at a Safeway shortly after 10 a.m. MST, according to sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Jason Ogan.