AC360 Preview: Judge rules Loughner not competent to stand trial
A federal judge has ruled that Loughner cannot assist in his defense due to mental illness.
May 26th, 2011
08:35 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Judge rules Loughner not competent to stand trial

(CNN) - Tonight we’re talking to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin about Jared Lee Loughner.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Loughner was not mentally competent to stand trial, but what exactly does that mean? Jeffrey Toobin wants to make sure we don’t confuse that with the increasingly popular “insanity defense.” The two are often confused and they aren’t linked. Jeffrey will explain in more detail tonight on AC360°.

And what is the threshold for being mentally competent? It seems that it changes from case to case, trial to trial. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the process of evaluating a defendant before a trial. This is all news you don’t want to miss tonight on AC360° beginning at 10pm ET.

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  1. Rachel J

    Oh Anderson, you're such a smart guy, but tonight you slipped. A person HAS a mental illness, they however ARE NOT their diagnosis. Jared Loughner HAS paranoid schizophrenia, he IS NOT "a paranoic schizophrenic". He has a serious mental illness. As one in four of our fellow Americans struggle with a mental illness, they should not be labeled or defined by their disease.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  2. Alex C. - Newport Beach, CA

    They will have to find enough jury with a similar face like this one to render a guilty verdict on him....and the judge knows it!

    May 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm |