Hasan's Lawyer: Don't Quiz My Client

Family engages counsel for accused shooter
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2009 6:42 PM CST
Two US Army Criminal Investigation Division agents leave the Casa Del Norte apartments yesterday in Killeen, Texas. Nidal Hasan, the suspect in the Fort Hood shooting, lived at the complex.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(Newser) – A former Army colonel will represent the accused Fort Hood shooter, whose ties to an anti-American imam linked to the 9/11 terrorists became clearer today. Nidal Malik Hasan's family hired John Galligan, who said he has requested investigators not interrogate his client. "Until I meet with him, it's best to say we're just going to protect all of his rights," said Galligan, who was headed to San Antonio, where Hasan is hospitalized in stable condition.

The imam, Yemen-based American citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi, emailed Hasan at least twice earlier this year after receiving 10 to 20 emails from the Army major. "For me, the number of times that this guy tried to reach out to the imam was significant," Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Washington Post.