U.S. District Judge Larry Burns described Jared Lee Loughner's behavior to explain his refusal to overrule prison doctors who decided to resume forced medication July 18. Loughner's attorneys argued unsuccessfully that a court should review whether the forcible medications could resume.
The ruling came in a three-hour pretrial hearing Friday that offered insights into Loughner's fragile condition at federal prison in Springfield, Mo., where he is on suicide watch.
Pietz said Loughner sobs uncontrollably at times and steps aside during their meetings to cover his face.
Burns reaffirmed his earlier ruling to prohibit the videotaping, even after Loughner's attorneys agreed to limit their request. The appeals court has scheduled a hearing in San Francisco on Tuesday.
The prison decided to resume the forced medications July 18 after doctors found Loughner's condition has significantly worsened and that he was a danger to himself. Jared L. Loughner, the man accused in the shooting rampage in Tucson, kept himself awake for 50 hours straight after an appeals court stopped his forced medication. Judge Larry Burns of Federal District Court described Mr. Loughner’s behavior in explaining his refusal to overrule prison doctors who decided to resume forced medication on July 18. Mr. Loughner’s lawyers had argued that a court should review whether the forced medication could resume.
Judge Burns reaffirmed his earlier ruling to prohibit the videotaping, even after Mr. Loughner’s lawyers agreed to limit their request. Judge Burns ruled him mentally unfit to stand trial.
The federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth District halted the medications while it considered an appeal of Judge Burns’s decision to allow the drugs. Defense lawyers argued that the prison was violating the district court’s order, but the appeals court refused to step in.
John Roll, the chief federal judge for Arizona, was killed in the shooting.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said Jared Loughner kept himself awake for 50 hours straight after an appeals court stopped the forced medication on July 1. Loughner's attorneys had argued that a court should review whether the forcible medications could resume at a prison in Springfield, Mo. Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson. Loughner has been at the prison since late May after mental health experts determined he suffers from schizophrenia.