Tucson, Ariz., shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner may be returned to a Missouri prison hospital for a second time to undergo treatment for his mental disorders so that he can be made fit to stand trial, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Loughner had been fighting a federal judge’s commitment order last week, arguing through his attorneys that he has the right to refuse unwanted medication because he hasn’t been convicted of any crime.
The emergency motions panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday on his bid to remain at a prison in Tucson, where he has been for the past two weeks.
The panel had asked lawyers for more information about potential side effects of the powerful anti-psychotic drugs being forced on Loughner at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. But the three judges issued their decision without waiting for the drug details, saying that Loughner failed to make a case that he would be harmed by the transfer because he would be forced to take the same medications whether in Missouri or Tucson.
Jurors hear Jackson doctor detailing treatments
LOS ANGELES — Jurors who have sat facing Dr. Conrad Murray for two weeks listened Friday as the physician detailed in a recorded interview his interactions and treatments on Michael Jackson in the months and hours before the singer’s death.
Murray sounded calm on the more-than two hour recording as he spoke of their relationship, efforts to save his life and the medications he gave Jackson in his efforts to get him to fall asleep. It was the first time Murray’s interview with police detectives had ever been played in public.
The June 27, 2009 interview outside a noisy hotel ballroom gave police their first hint that Jackson’s death was not from natural causes and that he had been given the powerful anesthetic propofol in an effort to cure his extreme insomnia.
“He’s not able to sleep naturally,” Murray told the detectives early in the interview.
Just before court adjourned for the day, Murray is heard on the recording telling detectives that he had no intention of hurting Jackson. “I did not want him to fail.”
Murray told the detectives how he met Jackson and walked them through the treatments he gave the singer on the day he died, including doses of the sedatives lorazepam and Versed.