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Tucson shooting suspect appeals forced medication

Suspect in Tucson shooting rampage appeals federal court's decision to allow forced medication By The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ' The suspect in the deadly southern Arizona shooting rampage is appealing a federal court's decision to allow prison doctors to keep forcibly medicating him.

Lawyers for Jared Lee Loughner filed a 35-page brief Monday afternoon in response to U.S. District Judge Larry Burns' Aug. 26 ruling.

Therapists at a Missouri prison facility are using psychotropic drug treatment on Loughner to make him mentally competent to stand trial.

Loughner's attorneys argue that their client has been denied a prompt post-deprivation review for the forced medication by the federal court.

He's been at the Springfield, Mo., prison since late May after mental health experts determined he suffers from schizophrenia.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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