NewsHour Connect: Hearing the Loughner Case

BY Lauren Knapp and Hari Sreenivasan  January 24, 2011 at 4:10 PM EST

On Monday, Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter in the Jan. 8 rampage that left 6 dead and 13 injured in Tucson, Ariz., was arraigned in federal court in Phoenix. He faces five federal charges: attempted assassination of a Congress member, two counts of intent to kill federal employees and two counts of killing a federal employee.

Loughner pleaded not guilty in his court appearance Monday.

Judge Larry Alan Burns was selected to preside over the Loughner case by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after all of Arizona’s federal judges recused themselves from the case. Burns was appointed as a federal judge in 2003 by President George W. Bush, and has presided over several high-profile cases included one involving drug cartel leader Javier Arellano-Felix.

Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Amita Sharma of KPBS about what Judge Burns’ background means for the Loughner trial.

Follow @Hari on Twitter. This video was edited by Lauren Knapp.