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New Loughner Mug Shot Released



    New Loughner Mug Shot Released

    We're getting a new look at the accused Tucson shooter, Jared Loughner, following a new federal court ruling.

    Jared Lee Loughner is accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Loughner’s trial is months away, but his attorneys were in court in San Diego on Friday trying to halt the release of photos and new information about the case. Federal judge Larry Burns of San Diego said he was leaving it up to the U.S. Marshals Service to decide whether to release the mug shots.

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service released the pictures of Loughner (seen above) taken in Arizona, after his alleged shooting spree, while he was in the agency's custody.

    Loughner was not in court on Friday, but his lawyers argued that publication of the new photos could inflame public opinion against Loughner and make it harder for him to get a fair trial.

    Judge Larry Burns disagreed.

    Burns said they are much tamer than the other, widely circulated photo used in news reports and websites around the world. But he agreed with prosecutors on another issue, when he refused to unseal search warrant records in the case that contain new information about the government's case against Loughner.

    "There may be information related to victims, victims' statements in the search warrant, and whether releasing that now is going to harm their privacy rights, because they didn't go on TV and publish this, they talked to an agent," explained legal analyst John Kirby.