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Loughner ‘Researched’ Assassinations

From the Washington Post:

Loughner researched lethal injection before Tucson shooting, sources say

By Sari Horwitz and David Nakamura
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TUCSON – In the days and weeks before the shooting rampage in Tucson, Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet on his home computer in what investigators believe was preparation for his alleged assassination attempt, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said.

The suspect’s focus on several Web sites – covering lethal injection, solitary confinement and political assassinations – could have dramatic implications as prosecutors build their case against him on federal murder charges that could carry the death penalty. They hope to use the computer information, along with notes seized in Loughner’s home, to show that his acts were premeditated and that he knew right from wrong, the sources said.

The computer analysis, which was completed last week, was turned over to Loughner’s attorney Judy Clarke at a court hearing last week, along with notes from 250 interviews…

So this information has been known for at least a week, but we are only hearing about it now? Why is that? (This is a rhetorical question.)

"The impression investigators have is that he was trying to educate himself on assassinations and also research the consequences," said one source close to the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Legal experts say evidence from the computer hard drives would pose a significant hurdle in pursuing an insanity defense

More importantly, it poses a significant hurdle to blaming Sarah Palin and Talk Radio.

Apparently Mr. Loughner did not visit the Palin PAC’s website or RushLimbaugh.com while doing his research, or we would have heard about that within hours of his computer being seized.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 27th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Loughner ‘Researched’ Assassinations”

  1. proreason says:

    If they have his web surfing history, then they have a track of any political web-sites that he visited.

    Gee, I wonder whey we haven’t heard anything about that?

    There are on 4 possibilities:
    – no political sites
    – mostly liberal sites
    – mixed sites, liberal and conservative
    – mostly conservative sites

    Which of those possiblities do you think we would know ALL the details about long before now?

  2. canary says:


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