New photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the Tucson attack in January, bring relief at evident progress. She still struggles to communicate, but friends say “she looks beautiful.”
A federal judge declared Jared Loughner not competent after reviewing 95 pages of reports and 18 hours of interviews. Loughner is accused of shooting 19 people in a January shooting spree.
The accused gunman in January's Tucson rampage showed signs of mental instability before the shooting. But his competence to stand trial is a different matter than whether he is mentally ill.
As the Justice Department decides whether to seek the death penalty for Jared Lee Loughner, the brutality of the Tucson shooting may reinvigorate US support for capital punishment.