Gabrielle Giffords' accused shooter Loughner can be forcibly medicated, judge says
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge says he'll allow prison doctors to continue forcibly medicating the man accused in the deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns' ruling follows a request by Jared Lee Loughner's defense team to halt the pychotropic medications.
Burns says he doesn't want to second-guess a July 18 decision by prison doctors in Springfield, Mo., that Loughner's condition significantly deteriorated in the three weeks after an appeals court halted medication.
The judge says Loughner kept himself awake for 50 hours straight before medications resumed. He cried and walked in his cell until he had sores on his feet.
Burns said Friday the decision to resume medication "seems entirely appropriate and reasonable" to prevent Loughner from hurting himself.