Not guilty plea from Loughner in courtroom packed with victims

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by Associated Press

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 9 at 8:38 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. - A judge overseeing the case against the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage has approved the release of some records of a police search of the suspect's home.

News organizations had asked U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to unseal the records.

The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV argued that there's no basis for search warrant records to remain sealed and that the public has a right to the records. The documents have been sealed since Jan. 11.

Loughner's attorneys argued their client's right to a fair trial might be harmed by the release of the records. The said the documents contain potentially inflammatory statements by a law enforcement officer.

Burns ruled Wednesday that many of the records should be released. However, he said some will remain sealed, such as information that is inflammatory or that will not be admissible at trial.

Newly released court documents show that police found two shotguns, ammunition and drawings of weapons in the home of the suspect charged in a Tucson shooting rampage.

Search warrants made public Wednesday also say Loughner once was found spray-painting "extremist-type symbols" on a wall.

A judge ruled that the warrants should be released. Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges that include trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six  people.

The search warrants say police also seized a printout of the U.S. Constitution, a journal, a notebook with writing, poems, song lyrics and a handwritten note that read: "What is government if words don't have a meaning?"

All the items were found in Loughner's home.

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