Court urged to toss Loughner appeal of decision to forcibly medicate him

2012-01-24T00:00:00Z Court urged to toss Loughner appeal of decision to forcibly medicate himThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 24, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Prosecutors urged a court to dismiss an appeal by Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner over a decision last summer by prison officials to medicate him with psychotropic drugs.

Loughner's request centers on the July 18 decision to medicate him after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had told prison officials to stop giving him the drugs.

The prison resumed its medication because officials say Loughner posed a danger at the prison.

Loughner's attorneys are appealing a lower court's ruling that denied their request challenging the July 18 decision.

Prosecutors told the appeals court Friday that Loughner's request is moot because he's now being medicated under a Sept. 15 decision by prison officials.

Meanwhile, the psychologist treating Loughner faces a Wednesday deadline for turning in her latest report on efforts to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

The report by Loughner's psychologist isn't expected to be publicly released, though contents of an earlier report on his condition were revealed in court.

Loughner's stay at a Missouri prison facility is set to end on Feb. 8.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the shooting.

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