Posted tagged ‘Giffords’

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.

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Gabrielle Giffords Moving to Rehab This Friday

January 19, 2011

Some very encouraging news coming out of Tucson this morning.

According to her parents, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be moved to a rehabilitation center in Texas this Friday.

From CNN:

Giffords was shot in the head. In an e-mail sent to friends and family members Tuesday and obtained by CNN, Giffords’ mother, Gloria, writes that she will be moved from Tucson’s University Medical Center to rehabilitation facilities in Houston, Texas, on Friday.

“There is a team of medical specialists involved … including military surgeons who specialize in bullet wounds to the head,” the e-mail says. “They want to start aggressive rehab immediately.”

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*

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Funerals For Arizona Shooting Victims

January 9, 2011

Seriously? WTF is wrong with these people.

More than a dozen people were shot. Six have died including a 9 year old girl (who was born on September 11, 2001). **Edited for correct year**

Why protest the funerals?

I’ve read in the past that the Westboro Baptist Church is well known for protesting military funerals. I guess I just don’t understand some people…sometimes.

From the Tucson Citizen:

Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church says that God sent the shooter today.

His church also plans on protesting at the funeral of 9 year-old Christina Taylor Greene.

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.