Fort Hood's Hasan: No Closing Argument
He faces death penalty, chooses not to rebut prosecutors
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2013 1:28 PM CDT
In this courtroom sketch of court proceedings, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, right, and defense attorney, Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, left, are shown Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

(Newser) – It seems clear now that Nidal Hasan's decision to act as his own attorney in the Fort Hood shooting trial was really a decision to not act as an attorney of any kind. A day after he rested his case without calling a single witness, Hasan skipped his closing argument, reports the AP. After prosecutors laid out in detail Hasan's role in the 2009 rampage that killed 13 people, the judge told Hasan he could go. "The defense chooses not to make a closing statement," he said.

Hasan's decisions over the last two days seem to support the claim made by his defense team earlier in the military trial that he hopes to get the death penalty, notes CNN. He admitted in his opening statement that he was, in fact, the shooter. The jury of 13 officers will now begin deliberations. If they reach a unanimous guilty verdict, the death penalty is possible.

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finkster
Aug 22, 2013 4:28 PM CDT
Lock this a-hole in a cage for the rest of his life. And feed him pork for every meal with no honey and olives
Jerman
Aug 22, 2013 3:42 PM CDT
Certainly took enough years to convict this Islamic terrorist. We talk about fixing our immigration system. Our judicial system needs fixing more. His punishment should be being released in Afghanistan wearing his military uniform and a big bull's-eye on his back. Let his fellow Muslims sharpen their aiming skills on him.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 22, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
My uncle has about six swine he keeps on hand until the holidays and then he sends them to processing. Then he starts new in January with six new ones. He's named one of them Hasan. He said he may send that one in dead already.