The Arizona Republic and Reuters report accused shooter Jared Loughner will likely be represented by veteran federal public defender Judy Clarke. Loughner, who's already been charged with five counts of murder and attempted murder, including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), will appear in federal court today in Phoenix. Clarke, who's now in private practice, collaborates with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel; she's expected to request assignment to the case, a step that sheds light on the possible severity of Loughner's punishment, should he be convicted.
Clarke is no stranger to highly charged murder cases. She assisted in the defenses of 9-11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, the "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, Atlanta Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph and Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman who drowned her toddlers in 1994. Loughner's court appearance is set for 4 p.m. ET. (Correction at 11:25 a.m. ET: We misstated the time earlier.)
SPANISH REBEL GROUP CALLS 'PERMANENT' CEASEFIRE
Reuters says the violent Basque separatist group ETA announced the news today through its paper, three months after stopping armed attacks. The Guardian reports ETA will allow observers to determine if it's keeping its word. The Economist notes Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will believe it when he sees it. The BBC reports hundreds have died since ETA was formed in the 1960s.
WINTRY WEATHER STRIKES SOUTH
Adrian Hagen of Florida stops to juggle snow balls while walking along Peachtree Street in Atlanta.
Adrian Hagen of Florida stops to juggle snow balls while walking along Peachtree Street in Atlanta. David Goldman/AP
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this advice: Roads Treacherous; Stay Off Them If Possible. USA Today reports a winter storm with snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain is spread over 1,000 miles, from Texas to the Atlantic Ocean. Three to five inches of snow will curtail flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, one of the busiest in the world. Delta has canceled 1,400 flights today.