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Loughner’s Attorneys Seek Appeals Court Rehearing

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File photo of Gabrielle Giffords after she resigned from the House of Representatives. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

File photo of Gabrielle Giffords after she resigned from the House of Representatives. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Lawyers for the man accused of shooting former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are asking a federal appeals court to rehear arguments over his forced medication.

Jared Lee Loughner’s attorneys want to stop their client’s medication with psychotropic drugs and end his treatment at a Missouri prison facility where experts are trying to make him psychologically fit for trial. But last month, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for authorities to keep medicating Loughner.

In a 92-page petition filed Wednesday night, Loughner’s lawyers say his “fair trial rights may be denied by forcible medication.”

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson that killed six people. Giffords and 12 other people were wounded.

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