Fort Hood Suspect Will Represent Himself
Judge tried to discourage Nidal Hasan, but ruled him competent
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows Nidal Hasan.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will represent himself at his upcoming murder trial, meaning he will question the more than two dozen soldiers he's accused of wounding, a military judge ruled today. Maj. Nidal Hasan's attorneys will remain on the case but only if he asks for their help, the judge said after ruling that Hasan was mentally competent to represent himself and understands "the disadvantage of self-representation."

She repeatedly urged him to reconsider his request, noting that the lead prosecutor has more than 20 years of experience and that Hasan will be held to the same standards as all attorneys regarding courtroom rules and military law. "You've made that quite clear," Hasan said after the judge asked if he understood that representing himself was not "a good idea." Hasan asked the judge to kick one of his attorneys off the case completely, but she instead said that two of his lawyers would sit at his defense table while the third sits in the courtroom. All will assist him if he asks. Jury selection is set to start Wednesday.

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Monsaka
Jul 30, 2013 2:56 AM CDT
Well this should be interesting. I'd love to know what advantage you think you are going to get at a trial after dong something like he did. There is no doubt that he is guilty so what's he get by representing himself?
Flyer3237
Jun 5, 2013 12:55 PM CDT
This puke is a flat out traitor, and violent traitor at that! This heinous act of violence occurred 4 years ago and we still have NOT brought this puke to justice? Should have been said and done in 4 days! My take on this: he should have been brought before a military majestrate the very next day, advised of the crimes he committed, witnesses verify his identity to killing 14 people. Verdict, guilty! Date of execution arranged the very next day. Carry out the execution, ship his body to Syria where he is from! End of story! Simple as that. Instead, we entertain this pukes every wish and give him every comfort, plus the opportunity to defend himself so he can rationalize and satisfy his own manic ego and possibly wriggle out of accepting responsibility and accountability for his crimes! This judicial procedure is totally crap!
okaragozian
Jun 4, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
You know what, let the clown do his dance; in the end he will hang anyway. Might as well just sit back and enjoy the show; it doesn't make a difference anyway. If anybody looks up up the word guilty in the dictionary, they will definitely find this fool's picture accompanying the text describing the word guilty. It just doesn't matter; just get the gallows ready while this guy howls at the moon and foams at the mouth like some rabid animal.