Judy Clarke

January 10, 2011 by staff 

Judy Clarke, The federal public defender known for the treatment of major cases has been appointed to represent Loughner Jared Lee, 22, accused of murder and attempted murder of a congressman in the shootings that killed six Tucson and 14 wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Clarke defended “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and helped in the case of al-Qaeda admits Zacarias Moussaoui. Clarke has a private practice, but works with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel, as National Public Radio.

Alleged gunman behind the shooting Tucson, Jared Loughner, will be taken in a preliminary hearing on charges against him. Loughner was charged with two counts of murder, the murder of a federal government employee, two counts of attempting to murder a federal official and one count of attempted murder of a congressman. The costs of the State of Arizona are expected to follow for murder and attempted murder of non-federal employees. This paper will examine what appears to be the only hope for a viable defense Loughner, which take the form of a plea of insanity.

According to the criminal complaint and multiple media reports, prosecutors have a mountain of evidence to use against Loughner, who will make a defense of insanity outside virtually impossible. First, there are many eyewitnesses available to testify. Secondly, there would be a surveillance tape of the shooting. Finally, to prove intent and premeditation, the authorities had received a letter from home Loughner, who said, “I planned ahead,” “My assassination,” and “Giffords’ next to what appears to be signing Loughner. Loughner arrived at the grocery store with his gun, which he purchased on November 30. It would be difficult to imagine a case that prosecutors easier to prove when it comes to all the elements of crimes except that of reason.


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