In May, doctors diagnosed Loughner with schizophrenia, and U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns in May declared Loughner to be unfit for trial. He has since been undergoing treatment.
Attorneys for Jared Loughner filed an emergency motion on Friday asking Burns to stop officials from giving him drugs, but Burns said he deferred to the advice of doctors.
According to the 1960 Supreme Court Decision Dusky v. United States, an individual must be able to communicate with his lawyer and understand the charges against him in order to be tried in court. Doctors who examined Loughner earlier said he could do neither.
Loughner has several times thrown chairs around his cell and has spit on and lunged at his defense attorney. Staff at the Springfield, Mo., facility, where he is being held, said his behavior was “escalating” before he received medication.
In its latest filing, the government said he is “tolerating the medication well.”
Loughner is charged with the Jan. 8, 2011 Tucson, Arizona shooting that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.
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