Reported Venue Change Plans for Loughner Case

Loughner Crime Scene
AP Photo/Matt York
The Washington Post reports that federal authorities are planning on moving alleged Tucson tragedy gunman Jared Loughner's trial to San Diego, Calif. The reason, the Post reports, is "extensive pretrial publicity in Arizona." The report is based on unnamed federal law enforcement sources.

One of the victims killed in the Jan. 8, 2011, massacre is John Roll, who was Arizona's chief federal judge. All federal judges in Arizona recused themselves from the case on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.

Complete Coverage: Tragedy in Tucson

According to the Post, court officials plan to move the case to California even though Loughner, 22, is charged in federal court in Arizona.

The new chief judge would make the final decision about any venue change but the Post quotes a law enforcement official, saying, "It's just a matter of time."

Judge Larry Burns, a San Diego-based federal judge was appointed to the case last week.