Court imposes partial stay for Loughner exam tapes

Court imposes partial stay for Loughner exam tapes

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FILE - This Jan. 8, 2011 file photo released by the Pima County Sheriff's Office shows Jared Loughner. (AP Photo/Pima County Sheriff's Dept. via The Arizona Republic)

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Posted on March 26, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 26 at 4:50 PM

   PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal appeals court has imposed a partial stay on a lower-court judge's order to distribute the videotaped psychological evaluations of the Tucson shooting rampage suspect to prosecutors.

   Jared Lee Loughner is undergoing a mental competency exam at a federal medical facility in Missouri. He's pleaded not guilty to 49 federal charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shootings that killed six people and wounded 13, including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
 
   Loughner's lawyers say providing prosecutors with the recordings would violate their client's right to a fair trial.
 
   The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a temporary stay late Friday, but only to the extent that the videotapes of all evaluations should be withheld from all attorneys until the judges have a chance to review the matter.
 
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