Jared Loughner removed from courtroom after outburst

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    PHOENIX (AP) -- The suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage that wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been removed from a court hearing after an outburst, and will watch the rest of the proceeding on a TV screen in another room.

    U.S. District Judge Larry Burns had Jared Lee Loughner escorted from the courtroom after Loughner lowered his head and mumbled something loudly, his head inches from the table in front of him. Loughner's words were inaudible to many in the courtroom.

    Loughner was later brought back into the courtroom, and the judged told him he had a right to watch the hearing. Burns asked Loughner if he wanted to view the proceeding from another room.

    Loughner responded: "I want to watch the TV screen."

    The outburst occurred at a competency hearing where Burns was expected to determine whether Loughner was mentally fit to stand trial.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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