Loughner Mental Hearing May 25; Judge Releases Records

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A judge scheduled a May 25 hearing to determine if Jared Loughner, charged in the Tucson shooting rampage that critically injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is competent to stand trial, the Associated Press reports. Loughner, who smiled as he was led into the San Diego courtroom, appeared before U.S. District Judge Larry Burns in khaki prison clothes, his once-shaved head now featuring short, dark hair and side burns.

He pleaded not guilty to a slew of federal charges, including trying to assassinate Giffords, attempting to kill two of her aides, and murdering . . .

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