Jared Loughner Is Losing His Fight to Stay Crazy

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Jared Loughner Is Losing His Fight to Stay Crazy
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Jared Loughner Is Losing His Fight to Stay Crazy

Jared Lougner's lack of sanity has kept him out of the defendant's chair since a judge ruled him unfit to stand trial last year, but a ruling on Monday dealt a serious blow to Loughner's fight to remain crazy as he faces to trial for the mass shooting that killed six and injured Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.

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Today, Loughner lost three appeals he had filed, challenging a September 2011 decision that he could be forcibly medicated until he was in good enough mental shape to stand trial, the Associated Press reported. The 23-year-old has been on forcibly administered medication for about seven months. Before he went on the mandatory regimen of psychotropic drugs for schizophrenia, Loughner didn't realize Giffords had survived the shooting spree, but in a September hearing he did seem to be aware of the truth of the matter, suggesting the drugs are helping him come to some semblance of sanity. His current treatment is supposed to go until June 7.

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