Yesterday, January 13, 2011, the “black bag” was found and turned over to the police in Tucson Arizona yesterday that contained among other things the diary of Jared Lee Loughner alleged assassin of Federal Court Judge John M Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman a federal employee working for U. S. Congress woman, Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords. Loughner is also charged with the attempted assassination of Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords a member of the U. S. Congress and the attempted murder of Pamela Simon and Ron Barber, both employees of the U. S. government engaged in performance of official duties.These charges were described by Tony M. Taylor Jr. Special Agent for the FBI in a sworn statement attached to the criminal complaint filed with the federal court on Sunday, January 9, 2011.
People who know Loughner have said if anyone wants to know who “the real” Jared Lee Loughner they have only to read his diary of “lucid dreaming”. I began to check up on what this means because of a news reference to the movie “Inception” that Ken had watched just a week ago.
I found several definitions that sated: “Lucid dreaming is dreams in which the sleeper is aware that he or she is dreaming and can actively participate in and often manipulate the imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreaming is a form of dream in which the conscious mind takes control over the contents of the dream. The phenomenon of being both conscious enough to recognize and being aware that one is dreaming and is then able to control the dream events.”
WOW talking about an insanity defense, some who have read the diary have said that Loughner had began to delve further and further into lucid dreaming in the past few years. Some suggest he perhaps was not sure if he was aware of being awake when he opened fire in that parking lot last Saturday, January 8, 2011 or if he thought he was dreaming.
Judy C. Clarke was asked by the Arizona Public Defender’s office to take over the case because she is known as “”patron saint of criminal defense attorneys”. Clarke has more experience than anyone in federal and state courts representing defendants who are unpopular nationally because their alleged crimes are especially depraved or heinous.
Ms. Clarke has taken on some of the most high profile cases of infamous killers such as Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber”, whose devices over 20 years killed three people and injured 23 more; Eric Rudolph, known as the “Olympic Park Bomber”; as an adviser in court to 9/11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (though technically he represented himself at his 2006 trial); and to Susan Smith, convicted in 1995 in the drowning deaths of her two children. Clarke is a fierce opponent of the death penalty and when she was able to get a jury to spare the life of Susan Leigh Vaughan Smith South Carolina law makers were so enraged that they changed the state laws as to not allow any defense attorney to appear with a Pro Hac Vice status in the state. Shortly after the law was passed Clarke returned the $85,000.00 she received from the state to defend Smith.
Clarke is known to be brilliant, energetic and tries to maintain a low profile by staying out of the public eye and not granting any interviews.
Judy Clarke and her team, Mark Francis Fleming, Reuben Camper Cahn and Jon M Sands, made their first appearance of behalf of Jared Lee Loughner at his first formal court appearance in Phoenix on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Once the court officially appointed her and her team to represent Laoughner her first petition, which was granted, was that no Arizona judge should preside over the trial because of the alleged assassination of a sitting federal judge in Arizona. Clarke and her team are based in San Diego California. Loughner next appearance in court for a preliminary hearing is Monday, January 24, 2011, at 1:30 P. M.
So based on the defense of insane based on a diary that outlines what all admits are crazy entries about Loughner being drawn deeper and deeper into lucid dreaming, can Clarke succeed in getting a jury to spare the life of Loughner?
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January 14, 2011
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