Court halts Jared Lee Loughner’s forced medication

July 6th, 2011 - 11:28 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, July 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) An appeal court has blocked the US government from forcefully giving anti-psychotic medication to the sole suspect in the Tucson shooting that nearly resulted in the death of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Jared Lee Loughner is charged with shooting the Congresswoman and 18 others. The incident resulted in the death of about 8 people including a federal judge. Loughner is currently considered incompetent to stand trial because he has been diagnosed with the mental condition schizophrenia.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the US government to present a proof to the court indicating the necessity of the drug to the trial. The court also expects the government to convince it that the drug will not affect the suspect. The court has given the government up to the end of the day on Wednesday to make their submission. The defense team has also been given a similar ultimatum to present their case.

The appeal court’s decision reverses an earlier ruling by US District Judge Larry A. Burns who gave the government the power to force Loughner to take the medication because he was convinced that the suspect was dangerous.

Congresswoman Giffords’ survival of the attack is seen as a miracle by several people.

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