TUCSON, Ariz. (AP/WOOD) — An official says a lawsuit filed in the name of the man who shot former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is bogus.
Cosme Lopez with the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona says attorneys for convicted killer Jared Lee Loughner notified the court that Loughner didn’t file or authorize the lawsuit, which is similar to the fake lawsuit filed under Kalamazoo shooting suspect Jason Dalton’s name.
Both bogus lawsuits were sent from Philadelphia; Loughner is imprisoned in Minnesota and Dalton remains in the Kalamazoo County jail.
In a handwritten note obtained by 24 Hour News 8 through federal court records, the writer alleging to be Dalton demanded “$10 million dollars in punitive damages and emotional distress” from Uber Technologies, Inc.
Dalton was taking Uber fares in between the Feb. 20 shootings that killed six people and seriously injured two others.
Dalton is undergoing a mental evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
Loughner is serving life in prison after pleading guilty to killing six and injuring 13 during a January 2011 mass shooting in Tucson that targeted Giffords.
None of the attorneys listed for Loughner has returned calls or emails from The Associated Press. A spokesman for Giffords says she is not commenting on the matter.