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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Loughner Pleads Guilty in 2011 Tucson Shootings"

From the New York Times:

TUCSON — Jared L. Loughner pleaded guilty on Tuesday to carrying out a shooting rampage here last year that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of the House of Representatives. In exchange, the government has agreed not to seek the death penalty.

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For prosecutors, pushing for a trial carried clear risks, legal experts said. Mr. Loughner could have exploded at any moment, or jurors could have been swayed by the defense’s arguments and found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

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