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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A federal judge has denied a request from lawyers for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage that they be given notice before their client is given anti-psychotic drugs.
Defense attorney Judy Clarke filed a motion late last week asking to be notified if officials at a federal prison facility in Springfield, Mo., plan to give Jared Lee Loughner the medication.
Judge Larry Burns denied it Thursday, saying he's confident the facility's staff knows Loughner may not be forcibly medicated without Burns' authorization.
Burns ruled last week that Loughner is mentally unfit to assist his lawyers or understand the charges he faces. He was sent Friday to the Springfield facility for treatment.
Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 Tucson mass shooting that killed six and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.