Accused Fort Hood Shooter Wants To Represent Himself

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FORT HOOD, Texas, (UPI) —  U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, charged with gunning down 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, wants to act as his own lawyer, military officials said.

Fort Hood officials said Wednesday Hasan told a court he wants “to waive his right to counsel and proceed pro se,” the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported. Col. Tara Osborn, a military judge, is expected to consider his request at a hearing next week.

Hasan’s trial is scheduled to begin July 1. The selection of a panel, the military equivalent of a jury, to hear the case, was postponed to June 5 because of his request to act as his own lawyer.

Hasan, 42, born in the United States in a Palestinian immigrant family, joined the Army after high school and received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was raised as a Muslim and relatives say he became more devout after his parents died.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was about to be deployed to Afghanistan when he allegedly opened fire in 2009, killing 13 people at Fort Hood and wounding many more.

Jeff Addicott, a former Army lawyer who teaches at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, said Hasan probably wants to represent himself to get his views across.

“He will use it as a platform for radical Islamic rhetoric,” Addicott said. “He views the trial process as a way to capture media attention and to advance jihad.”

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  • MargaretJacobson

    I say let the lunatic have an attempt to defend himself !! Then execute him !! Then incinerate his remains !! Send them depend the toilet !! Declare the shooting to be terrorist rampage against American citizens !! Give his salary to e victims families !!

  • Native Blood

    He still faces a trial by General Courts Martial. He will be involved in the jury selection of all military members and he will not be able to get off on any technicalities being he chose to represent himself.
    The MCM (manual of Courts Martial) is a huge volume and he needs to learn a great deal about the uniformed code of military justice. The penalty for intentional fratricide during a time of war is death. I hope Major Hassan does not try to make a spectacle of this and I hope he gets little press (if any) for this.

  • garygerke

    Trial??? Why???? He was shot by the military police with the smoking gun in his hand!
    There can only be one question….was he insane at the time of the shooting, if not, kill him publicly as his Jihadist friends love to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!