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Giffords Shooting Suspect Back in Custody After Lawyer Assigned

Jared Lee Loughner, accused of attempting to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and of killing U.S. District Judge John Roll, returned to federal custody after appearing in court for the first time and being assigned a lawyer who has represented infamous murderers.

Loughner, 22, didn’t enter a plea yesterday to five federal charges related to the Jan. 8 shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, that claimed six lives and wounded at least 13 others. He was assigned a lawyer whose previous clients included the Unabomber.