TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A lawsuit allegedly filed by Jared Lee Loughner, the man who carried out the mass shooting in Tucson in 2011, against one of the victims as well as the federal government, could be a hoax.
The court filing, which appears to be made by Loughner without a lawyer, features bizarre accusations including the shooting was a setup and his original lawyer was a global spy that forced him to plead guilty.
Loughner pleaded guilty and is serving seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, for the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that killed six people and wounded 13, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The lawsuit names Giffords and the Bureau of Prisons and seeks $25 million for emotional and psychological distress. It was filed in federal court in Arizona on Friday, March 18.
But just a few days before Loughner's lawsuit, a similar lawsuit was filed.
This lawsuit was allegedly filed on March 15 by Jason Brian Dalton, the Uber driver accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, MI.
The lawsuit stated Dalton was suing Uber Technologies, Inc. for $10 million in punitive damages.
It later turned out to be a hoax.
According to a note on the Loughner filing, the lawsuit could be thrown out because it does not follow proper form.
Some of the claims in the lawsuit include:
• Loughner is innocent and was hand-picked to be an assassin.
• Giffords was never shot and learned to act the part by watching Ronald Reagan movies.
• Loughner is being waterboarded every day by agents from the NSA, CIA and ATF.
• Microchips have been placed in his head and he is the victim of a worldwide conspiracy.
• Giffords is part of the Illuminati, a supposed secret organization of the most powerful people in the world.
• Loughner is being targeted with chemtrails, which have made him sick and delusional.
• Giffords help set up rancher Cliven Bundy.
• Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband and a former American astronaut, planted illegal spy equipment in the skies to spy on Americans.
The envelopes of both the alleged Loughner lawsuit and the fake Dalton lawsuit have very similar characteristics.
Both have the same three stamps in the top right corner, have similar handwriting and are postmarked in Philadelphia, PA.
Tucson News Now is working to determine the validity of the Loughner lawsuit and will continue to update this story.