by Radar Staff
A federal judge will hold an emergency hearing on Wednesday involving Jared Loughner‘s petition to stop prison officials from forcibly medicating him with anti-psychotic drugs.
Loughner, 22, is the sole suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage last January that left six people dead, and 13 wounded, including Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
U.S. District judge Larry Burns set the hearing for 2 p.m. PT Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in San Diego, California.
His defense team filed an emergency petition last Friday, arguing the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, had decided — without the permission of the court — to “involuntarily and forcibly medicate him on the grounds that he is a danger to others.”
On Tuesday, prosecutors responded by saying that after Loughner had declined to take medication, the Bureau of Prisons held an administrative hearing to determine whether he should be involuntarily medicated.
Judge Burns previously set a hearing for September 21 to determine whether Loughner’s condition had improved enough for the proceedings against him to resume.
Loughner has been described by his lawyers as “gravely mentally ill.” He has pleaded not guilty to the 49 charges he faces stemming from the rampage.