Loughner lawyers respond to document release try

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Attorneys for the man charged in the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords asked a federal judge to seal their response over remaining documents in the case.

Monday was the deadline set by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns for prosecutors and defense lawyers for Jared Loughner to respond to a request to release about 200 unsealed and-or redacted documents.

Prosecutors said 32 pages should remain under seal because they contain information on a grand jury member, confidential reports from the Bureau of Prisons about Loughner or confidential correspondences between attorneys.

They took no position on 111 pages of sealed docket entries on defense motions and counsel payment vouchers and found no legal reason to object to unsealing another 54 pages on search warrant materials, court exhibits and transcripts.

Loughner's lead attorney Judy Clarke asked Burns to seal the defendant's response to the proposed unsealing order and Burns agreed to that Wednesday.

There was no immediate word from Burns on when he would rule on whether any of the remaining documents would be released.

Attorneys for three media outlets asked Burns in April to unseal any remaining documents, saying Loughner's fair-trial rights were no longer on the line now that his criminal case has been resolved.

About 2,700 pages of investigative papers were released in late March and about 600 photos and images taken by investigators in the aftermath of the shooting were released May 22.

Loughner, 24, was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after he pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges in the Tucson shooting that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Giffords.

The rampage occurred at a Giffords' meet-and-greet with her constituents outside a Tucson supermarket on Jan. 8, 2011.

Giffords, 42, was shot once in the head. The Arizona Democrat resigned from Congress last year as she continues to recover from her injuries.

Loughner's guilty plea enabled him to avoid the death penalty. He's serving his sentence at a federal prison medical facility in Springfield, Mo., where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and forcibly given psychotropic drug treatments to make him fit for trial.