The judge ruled at Jared Loughner's sentencing hearing Thursday that the Arizona man who pleaded guilty to the attempted assassination of then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was competent to be sentenced. Loughner spoke very briefly after his lawyer offered no argument and said the defendant would not make a statement. "That is true," Loughner said. A Bureau of Prison psychologist testified that Loughner was competent and understands sentencing proceedings. Dr. Christina Pietz said she visited with Loughner in prison "almost every day."
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