Jared Loughner has stopped smirking while listening to court proceedings over whether he can stand trial for murdering six people and wounding 13 during an Arizona shooting spree. Based on this and various other signs that his mental health is improving, yesterday a judge ruled that he should continue receiving treatment in a federal prison for at least four months, clearing the way for Loughner's case to eventually go to trial.
In May Loughner was diagnosed with schizophrenia and declared mentally unfit to stand trial. He's being held at a psychiatric facility in Missouri, and for the past few months, Loughner's lawyers have been arguing with prosecutors over whether or not he should be forcibly medicated. Last month a judge allowed the medication to continue, and now his doctors say he's shown noticeable improvements.