PHOENIX (AP) -- Two psychiatric groups have asked an appeals court to let them weigh in on the issue of forced medication in the criminal case against the suspect in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage.
The American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and The Law made a request Wednesday to become a party in the case.
Their request comes as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether the decision to forcibly medicate Jared Lee Loughner with psychotropic drugs can be made by prison officials or a judge.
Loughner has been at a Missouri prison facility since May 27 after a judge concluded he was mentally unfit to help in his defense.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
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