Reporting from Phoenix — Jared Loughner on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two members of her staff in the course of a shooting rampage that killed six people.
Loughner's attorney, Judy Clarke, asked U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to enter the plea on her client's behalf. Dressed in an orange jump suit, Loughner smiled broadly throughout his appearance and at one point chortled while talking with his lawyer.
The arraignment Monday afternoon was Loughner's second court appearance since the Tucson shooting spree on Jan. 8. Federal prosecutors have previously charged him with murder but are rolling out new indictments via the grand jury so they can avoid revealing their evidence at a preliminary hearing.
Loughner, who appeared in his booking photo smiling and with a shaved head, was smiling again as he walked into the courtroom shackled at the hands and feet. Some of his hair has grown back on his head. He sat next to Clarke, crossed his feet and leaned back, apparently relaxed. He looked up at the domed ceiling of the special proceedings courtroom, which is normally used for ceremonial procedures, and flashed another satisfied grin. He remained silent during the nine-minute hearing.