AP100314047067-1The Washington Post reported last night that accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner will be granted a change of venue request due to extensive publicity in Arizona about his crimes. The report cited unnamed "federal law enforcement" authorities, and said Loughner will most likely be tried in San Diego, the hometown of his defense attorney, Judy Clarke.
The Justice Department begs to differ, however.
"The Department plans to bring the case in Arizona and will oppose any change of venue motions," Justice Department Director of Public Affairs Matt Miller said, according to Politico's Josh Gerstein.
Ninth U.S. Circuit Court Judge Larry Burns, a 2003 Bush appointee based in San Diego, has been assigned the case, so he will most likely make any decisions about where the case is heard, Gerstein adds. The Post said that Arizona federal judge Roslyn O. Silver would make the decision, but she and all Arizona federal judges have recused themselves from the case since their colleague Judge John Roll was killed in the shooting.Read More »from Will Loughner be tried in Arizona?