Loughner Trial Not Expected in 2012

    FILE - This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, by the U.S. Marshal's Service shows Jared Lee Loughner. An appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 on requests from the Tucson shooting rampage suspect’s lawyers to halt their client's forced medication with psychotropic drugs and rescind his stay at a Missouri prison facility. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Office, File)

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    Jared Lee Loughner, who pled not guilty to charges in the Arizona shooting rampage that occurred a year ago this Sunday, will likely not be tried in 2012. His case was put on hold indefinitely when psychologists diagnosed him with schizophrenia and a federal judge ruled him unfit to stand trial. Loughner has been forcibly medicated at a Missouri prison for five months now, and though psychologists say his condition is improving, his lawyers have been adamantly fighting the government's efforts to treat him with psychotropic drugs. His Feb. 8 release date from the facility could be extended until June, since his doctors have said in court that he needs at least four more months of treatment. Even if he is declared mentally fit, the trial likely won’t occur until 2013, as it would take his lawyers a long time to prepare their defense.

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