The federal public defender's office in Arizona said it planned to ask San Diego attorney Judy Clarke to represent the Arizona man who tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others during a shooting in Tucson Saturday.In case you're wondering, it appears she's a Democrat, although her only donation I can find on record is to Barbara Boxer.
Clarke, a former federal public defender in San Diego, has extensive experience in several extremely high profile cases.
Prosecutors charged 22-year old Jared Lee Loughner with one county of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. More local charges are expected when he makes his first court appearance Monday at 1 p.m. PST.
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Loughner was not cooperating and told ABC News the suspect had said "not a word" to investigators.
Giffords, 40, lay in intensive care at a Tucson hospital, after being shot in the head at close range. Doctors said she had responded repeatedly to commands to stick out her two fingers, giving them hope she may survive.
Clarke has served on teams that defended high profile cases including 9/11 conspirator Zakarias Massaoui, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Timothy McVeigh and Susan Smith, a South Carolina woman who drowned her two sons in 1994.
"She's very well qualified to defend this person on which we'll probably be charges and will probably seek the death penalty on those charges," said San Diego attorney Gretchen von Helms.
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