Arizona federal court judges won't hear shooting case
January 11th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Arizona federal court judges won't hear shooting case

A federal court in Arizona has issued an order recusing all district and magistrate judges from hearing Jared Lee Loughner's criminal case "to avoid the appearance of impropriety."

Loughner is accused of shooting 20 people Saturday outside a grocery store in Tucson. Among the six killed was federal District Judge John Roll. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded.

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  1. Jim

    As it should be.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GuerillaGorilla

    By shooting the people he did, he has pretty much made the case untryable. All he has to do is apeal the lesser courts case mid-trial. Then he spends the remainder of his life in a minimum security day-camp and laughs at our court systems backwards thinking.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    Sara Palin, nor the Teaparty, have shown remorse for the inflammatory images, or the incendiary rhetoric we've all seen throughout the last two election cycles that has brought us here. All Sara can say is 'condolances. Todd and I will send a prayer.' As if they are angles of God, and He will answer their prayers. 'Alah be praised!,' is what it sounds like, to me. Without sincere remorse, from the sourse, shown, we will see more of the same. Or, something worse.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mirror

      I see much talk about demanding "remorse for the inflammatory images..." but little in the way of remorse from those who wish to exploit the actions of a mentally unstable individual who did a heinous act.

      So, Jim, to you and you ilk, I have one word: Hypocrite!

      January 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John


      The Republican party really is the most easily managed party on earth, isn't it? You can literally have your cake and eat it too with the Republicans – say and do one thing while at the time claiming, despite what we've all been watching, that one is in fact doing the opposite (or even worse, deny you're doing it, but insist that the thing which you *aren't* doing is in fact done by *both* sides – a lie – and therefor, by the fuzzy math of political equivalency, everything comes back to zero by the end). Even the most obviously cynical bit of manipulation is embraced with fervor by these folks in denial that their well-sold, well-imaged party could be morally, intellectually and ideologically bankrupt. Face it guys, the Republican party you used to love (if it ever existed) doesn't exist now and is beyond saving. Don't bother making up excuses for every bit of patently fraudulent, cynical manipulation.

      January 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • gun4heri

      Nope! the shooter was neither influenced nor motivated by Palin's hate speeches, vitriol rhetoric etc. HE WAS PAID!

      But yet the tragedy happened because of too much hate and envy.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. pray4anation

    I am frustrated by the ruling but I understand the reason...but I cannot help but wonder if Arizona has issues...that could be in support of Loughner i...I am having time trusting Arizona maybe its because of the civil rights attention the state is having with is populace

    January 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Untill she she shows sincere remorse for what she's inspired, Sara is still saying, "Don't Retreat! Reload!"

    January 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    The shooter will get his just due. Yet, the command from the 'Leader' remains: "Don't Retreat! Reload"

    January 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Louis

    Well we all know that he's a nut job!! The media has made him insane to cover their butts, and now the jury pool is tainted, so he will end up in a mental hospital for 20 years and say he's better.

    January 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pkm

    Even an insect gets the best lawyer

    January 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pkm

    Even an insect gets the best lawyer put him in a cell with a metal door 23 hours a day give him schock treat ments

    January 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Louis

    What happened to the person that was with him earlier? The person of interest they had a pic of? Usually the lone gunman is a bit older with military background. Its so odd that a 22 year old guy is thinking about school and dating! Very odd situation!!!

    January 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Louis

    Live by the gun you should die by the gun! Shoot him! How is the DA going to charge him without the insane defense?

    January 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |

    Im really sad about 9 year old girl so I think too bad luck same of terroist 9 11 201
    People are right get bann proset tomorrow so

    January 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    Legal experts are saying this particular crime was too well planned to warrant an insanity defense. To chalk it off as something coming from a mere 'nutcase' won't fly, they say. I'm sure the Teaparty would like for it to go that way...insanity. They would, then, not have to take any responsibility for their incendiary language and rhetoric over the past 2 plus years. Those who would want to excuse this act of terror and murder to insanity, would be teabaggers. It would be in their interrest. I don't expect any 'remorse' shown by their 'Leader' untill she is absolutely sure that insanity will be no defence. Noting her own mental state, I'm not even sure of then.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Linda

    @gorilla ur stupid where did u grow up a zoo

    January 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. carncyn

    This young man was inspired by many republicans to take his country back from from those who stole it. What they didn't say is we lost because we let America down when we were in charge.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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