The question of whether accused Tucson gunman Jared Loughner should be forced to take psychiatric medication improve his fitness to stand trial will be televised. At least to a limited degree. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will broadcast the oral arguments Tuesday, Aug. 30, to five federal courthouses to allow for greater public access.
The 2p.m. hearing will be argued in San Francisco. A secure live video feed will go outside the courtroom to viewing areas in the San Francisco, Pasadena, Tucson, Phoenix, Seattle and Portland courthouses, the court has announced.
The panel includes Judges Marsha S. Berzon, of San Francisco, Jay S. Bybee of Las Vegas and J. Clifford Wallace of San Diego.
Loughner was accused of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., on January 8 in Tucson and killing six others, including federal Judge John M. Roll.
Case: U.S. v. Loughner, 11-10339