More evidence that Loughner not 'crazy' or 'deranged'

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    January 26, 2011
    Tucson Suspect Studied Assassins, Officials Say

    By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN and MARC LACEY

    TUCSON — Jared L. Loughner, the man accused of opening fire outside a Tucson supermarket on Jan. 8 in what the authorities consider an attempted political assassination, researched famous assassins, the death penalty and solitary confinement on the Internet before the shooting, an official close to the investigation said Wednesday.


    Mr. Loughner, 22, pleaded not guilty on Monday to three counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting, which left six people dead and 13 injured. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, was shot in the head but survived. Additional charges, including murder, are expected.


    Mr. Loughner checked himself into a Motel 6 on the evening before the attacks and was on his computer until the wee hours, authorities said. An analysis of his Web searches showed that he was busy researching hours before the shooting, which took place shortly after 10 a.m., an official said.


    “He was looking at Web sites related to lethal injection and Web sites about famous assassinations,” said an official close to the investigation.

    The Washington Post first reported the Internet searches on its Web site on Wednesday afternoon.
     
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    How exactly does the fact that he researched assassinations make you conclude that he wasn't crazy or deranged?

    Rick
     
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    I believe the argument would be that he knew the consequences of his actions.
     
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    He is probably as sane as John Hinkley was when he tried to kill President Reagan but Hinkley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
     
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    Yep.
     
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    Also makes it harder to claim he was in one of his delusional "lucid dream" states.
     
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    You're right. It proves he knew what the consequences would be-it doesn't really prove whether he knew doing the act was right or wrong though.

    The question isn't whether he was able to orchestrate a plan to carry out this act (which actually wasn't a great plan-he didn't even have the ammo in the morning to carry it out). And the question isn't whether he knew what the consequences would be.

    The only question that matters (legally for the insanity question) is: Was he able to distinguish whether the act he committed was right or wrong?
     
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    The major talking point from the extreme Rightwing has been that wingnut hate speech and vitriol played no part in the shootings, because Loughner was supposedly "insane". The fact that he has been researching it, and planning for it, keeps open the door to what influenced his actions.
     
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    hinkleys family had influence and money.
    Loughners does not.
     
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    you do understand that us calling him insane or deranged has no bearing on him being criminally insane, right?
     
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