A man accused of shooting at a congress-woman Saturday faces a federal court judge this afternoon. A high-powered defense attorney who represented the Unabomber, the Atlanta Olympics bomber, and Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman who drowned her two children by driving her car into a lake will be at his side.
Jared Loughner, 22, of Tucson, Arizona, has been charged with five federal felonies- the attempted murders of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, two of her staffers, the murders of U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords aide Gabriel Zimmerman in Tucson.
Judy Clarke will appear with him at his initial court appearance and ask to be appointed as Loughner’s attorney.
It’s possible Loughner could face the death penalty, but that decision has not been decided.
Prosecutors have 30 days to bring the case before a grand jury to obtain an indictment.
Loughner faces state charges, too, in the fatal shooting of four other people and the wounding of 11 more.
2010 will be primary season