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'Federal authorities' don't want to move Loughner trial


Pay no attention to a Washington Post story today, which says, quoting "law enforcement sources" that "federal authorities are planning to move the trial" of Jared Loughner to San Diego.

For starters, "federal authorities" can't move the trial anywhere. That decision will be made by the judge. Second, the Justice Department will OPPOSE any request to move the trial. Federal prosecutors want the trial to be conducted in Tucson.

It's highly likely that Loughner's lawyers will, at some point, seek to have the trial moved. And it's certainly possible that it could be moved to San Diego. That's where the judge is from. But the Justice Department will urge the judge to keep the trial in Arizona.