Sunday, January 23, 2011

Case in Giffords shooting likely to take years

Investigators have been poring over surveillance video, interviewing witnesses and analyzing items seized from Jared Loughner's home as they build a case in the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

It's a case that likely will take years to play out as it goes through the many phases of the criminal justice system: prosecutions by both federal and state authorities, proceedings over whether to move the case to a different venue, a possible insanity defense by Loughner and prosecutors' likely push for the death penalty.

On Sunday, the U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona filed papers requesting that the venue for any future proceedings in the case be held in Tucson, NBC News' Mike Taibbi reported.

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