In Arizona case, experts say planning undermines insanity plea
Suspsect Jared Lee Loughner seen in his mugshot.
January 11th, 2011
11:12 AM ET

In Arizona case, experts say planning undermines insanity plea

The alleged shooter in Saturday's deadly Tucson massacre may have difficulty making the case for a successful insanity plea, experts said Tuesday.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, who authorities say shot up a gathering held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, outside a supermarket, has been anecdotally regarded as very troubled and perhaps mentally unbalanced because of his ramblings spotted on the internet and the ways he has been described by acquaintances.

But Paul Callan, a criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor, and Jeff Gardere, a clinical and forensic psychologist, told CNN's American Morning Tuesday they have doubts that an insanity plea would stand.

With the "amount of planning that went into this assassination," Callan believes "it's highly unlikely he will meet the legal insanity defense threshold."

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  1. Louis

    You must be a serial follower!

    January 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LakerBoy


    January 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Veritas

    He's not crazy but i have to wonder about the mental stability of a public figure who cant make a statement without reference to guns ammunition or violent retaliation i am appalled at crosshairs being put on any part of my beloved country. the hate mongers need to step back and look at the examples they set for our citizens especially our youth who are the future of our country. guns are not the answer God is the answer.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Many people owning guns is what prevents Russia or China from ever invading the United States. People are murderers not guns. You liberal democrat idiots fail to see the simple logic. You are all accomplices to every murder committed. Because you have sympathy for murderers, in fact many of you liberal democrat women marry them then have conjugal visits with them. You are just as sick and twisted as murderers.
      God... well he's pi**ed and he is going to send many many more to Heaven

      January 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 2100

    Come-on now people its time wake up to the situation . This 22yr old punk is screwing things up for the rest of us . The (powersthatbe) are begining to use this to push and move forward their agenda for THE POLICE STATE .on the FR. Cover of the paper they showed a man dressed in black-w/body armor and a black hoody like a terrorist holding an assault rifle in front of a GOV.-BUILDING . Whether we like it or not , they got us on a one-way road / and their destination is the NEW WORLD ORDER.....

    January 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      I was born in the United States of America. God chose this crossroad in time for it. He has decided the The World Order.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Aaah sh~t

    Yep NWO is what it is and there is nothing we little people can do about it but stay out of there way and let them destroy the world atleast the poor peoples world

    January 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. For the record

    How can u compare kobe who is rich and famous 5x champ and mvp to a i dont know how to interact with the rest of the world let alone a women cowardly white boy

    January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. For the record

    Now they want more gun laws thats only going to effect none~whites trust me its all a set up if u want a gun u can get a gun faster than u can get some p~ssy

    January 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. welzki

    Insane people cannot plan ahead of time to kill someone. He position himself first before doing the shoot-out. How does he get the gun? Does he grab it to someone else on that day? Does it occur to all that he was thinking intelligently before he freaked out and became trigger-happy maniac. He must have some psychological disturbance but somebody must have paid him to do the job.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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