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Feds ask appeals court to reject Loughner's appeal

Prosecutors in Tucson shooting rampage case ask appeals court to reject requests by suspect By The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) ' Prosecutors have asked an appeals court to reject requests by the Tucson shooting rampage suspect's lawyers to halt their client's forced medication with psychotropic drugs and rescind his stay at a prison facility in Missouri.

The prosecutors tell the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that Jared Lee Loughner should remain medicated at the Missouri prison facility where experts are trying to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

A lower court judge has ruled that it's probable that the 23-year-old will be made mentally fit and extended his four-month stay in Missouri by another four months.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, and injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.

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