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Jared Loughner Indictment: 49 Counts in New Indictment
Caroline Lorraine

Mar 4, 2011, 16:28

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A Jared Loughner indictment was unsealed Friday which added new charges against the man who allegedly wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and killed six others.

The superseding indictment of Jared Loughner, handed up by a grand jury Thursday, was brought under civil rights statutes and includes charges involving all the victims, whether or not they were federal employees, The Arizona Republic reported. Its 49 counts include those in an earlier indictment that charged Loughner, a 22-year-old college dropout, with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress and trying to kill two of her aides.

Loughner allegedly opened fire during a "Congress On Your Corner" event outside a Tucson supermarket in January. Giffords, believed to be his main target, was critically wounded, and the dead included one of her aides, U.S. District Judge John Roll, who had stopped by to say hello, and a 9-year-old girl who wanted to meet the congresswoman because she had just been elected to school office.

The law cited in the indictment, while normally used for bias crimes, allows federal charges for interfering with events involving the federal government.

Source: UPI

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