Tucson Suspect Failed Tests Of Mental Competency
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
NPR's Ted Robbins reports that the scene inside the courtroom yesterday was disturbing.
TED ROBBINS: At the start of the hearing, the 22-year-old was escorted into the courtroom wearing a tan jumpsuit and shackles on his hands and legs. His brown hair has grown out over his ears and he has a wispy beard and mustache. He didn't grin or smile, as he has before in court. Instead, he sat grimly at the defense table as the judge first heard a motion from lawyer David Bodney, who represents a number of newspapers and TV stations.
DAVID BODNEY: We were there on the one issue about the public's right of access to sheriff's records.
ROBBINS: David Bodney said he's never seen anything like it.
BODNEY: It was a first, unexpected. It is most rare for anyone to interrupt a federal judge in court, particularly when he is reading a ruling.
ROBBINS: A number of victims and witnesses to the January 8 shooting were in the courtroom. They were led out for a victims' debriefing. Ross Zimmerman wasn't there but he thinks the judge made the right decision. His son Gabe, an aide to Gabby Giffords, was killed on January 8.
ROSS ZIMMERMAN: I mean the real underlying concern here is that this is a dangerous individual. How do we handle the situation so that he is not allowed to be a danger in the future to himself and others? It's not a question of vengeance.
ROBBINS: Ted Robbins, NPR News, Tucson.
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