Prison resumes forcible medication of Loughner

PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage say prison officials have resumed forcibly medicating their client with a psychotropic drug.

Jared Loughner's attorneys questioned in filings Thursday whether the forced medication violates an earlier order by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal that forbid them from involuntarily medicating Loughner as the court mulls an appeal on his behalf.

The filings say officials at the federal prison facility in Missouri resumed the forced medication on an emergency basis because Loughner had become an immediate threat to himself.

Loughner's attorneys say their client has been on 24-hour suicide watch, but he denies having suicidal thoughts.

He has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the January shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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