Nidal Malik Hasan

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Fort Hood Shooter Asks to Join ISIS

'It would be an honor,' Hasan writes to militant leader

(Newser) - Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has no chance of leaving military custody alive—but he'd really like to be in Iraq or Syria, where he admires what ISIS is doing. Hasan's lawyer says his client, on death row at Fort Leavenworth, has written to the leader of the... More »

Army Shaves Fort Hood Killer, Faces Lawsuit

Hasan's lawyer plans to sue, calls it a 'vindictive act'

(Newser) - The beard that delayed Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan's trial for months has been forcibly removed at Fort Leavenworth, where he is one of six prisoners on military death row. The Army psychiatrist, who called the beard a "deeply sincere" symbol of his Islamic faith, began growing it... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced to Death

Nidal Malik Hasan faces execution, but appeals process awaits

(Newser) - A military court today sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he appeared to crave in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers. The same jurors who convicted Hasan last week had just two options:... More »

In Final Chance to Speak, Fort Hood Gunman Silent

Nidal Hasan had nothing to say during sentencing phase

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan continued his "absent defense" today, declining to give a closing argument as the sentencing phase of his trial for the 2009 Fort Hood massacre came to an end. Hasan, who is acting as his own lawyer, has not offered a defense or called any witnesses during the... More »

Fort Hood Shooter Guilty, May Face Death Penalty

Nidal Hasan found guilty on all counts in 2009 attack

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan seems to have gotten the verdict he wanted: The jury in the Fort Hood shooting trial has found him guilty on all counts, reports AP . That makes the former Army psychiatrist—who chose to act as his own attorney, but did very little actual lawyering during the trial—... More »

Fort Hood's Hasan: No Closing Argument

He faces death penalty, chooses not to rebut prosecutors

(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... More »

Nidal Hasan Rests His Case —Without Offering Defense

Fort Hood suspect had planned to call 2 people to testify

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan, the soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, rested his case without calling any witnesses in his defense today. About five minutes after proceedings began, the judge asked Hasan—who is representing himself—how he wanted to proceed. He answered: "The defense rests.... More »

Judge Won't Let Hasan's Lawyers Bow Out

He rejects their request to take over defense of Fort Hood gunman

(Newser) - A military judge has resumed the Fort Hood shooting trial despite demands from the suspect's standby attorneys that they be removed from the case. The military defense lawyers ordered to help Maj. Nidal Hasan represent himself during his murder trial had asked to take over the case yesterday, saying... More »

Hasan: 'I Am the Shooter'

Fort Hood killer makes opening statement, says he's an 'imperfect Muslim'

(Newser) - Nidal Malik Hasan is going to make things pretty easy on the jury in his murder trial. The Fort Hood shooter is representing himself, and in his opening statement, he made no bones about his guilt. "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter," he told... More »

Fort Hood Victims May be Questioned by Their Shooter

Suspect Nidal Hasan is representing himself, so victims may have to face him on the stand

(Newser) - When a judge ruled that Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan is allowed to represent himself in court , she warned him it would be a "disadvantage." But there's a pretty huge downside for the prosecution as well: Hasan may well get to cross-examine the very victims he... More »

Fort Hood Suspect: I Was Protecting the Taliban

Hasan will argue he shot soldiers to protect Taliban leaders

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gave his first public explanation for the 2009 rampage that killed 13 people yesterday: He was defending Taliban leaders. Hasan, who is representing himself in court , asked the judge for a three-month delay in the trial so he could switch his argument to a... More »

Fort Hood Suspect Will Represent Himself

Judge tried to discourage Nidal Hasan, but ruled him competent

(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... More »

US Paid Fort Hood Suspect $278K Since Shooting

Army says it has to under Military Code of Justice

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood Major shooter Nidal Hasan has collected $278,000 in salary from the military in the years since the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting that took 13 lives. The Defense Department confirms the payments to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth , and explains that it's powerless to stop them: The Military... More »

Ft. Hood Judge Refuses to Remove Death Penalty

Also denies Nidal Hasan's request to change venue

(Newser) - A military judge is looking to move the three-plus-year-old case against the accused Fort Hood shooter forward, ruling last night that, in accordance with Army rules, Maj. Nidal Hasan cannot enter guilty pleas in exchange for stripping the death penalty from the case. Judge Tara Osborn also refused Hasan's... More »

Judge Orders Fort Hood Suspect to Get Rid of Beard

Nidal Hasan must shave or be shaved before trial

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan will definitely be clean-shaven before his murder trial begins, the AP reports. After a hearing today to determine whether a religious freedom law could allow the suspected Fort Hood shooter to keep his beard—which violates Army regulations —a military judge found that the defense couldn't... More »

Judge: Ft. Hood Suspect May Be Forced to Shave

He says he's growing his beard for religious reasons

(Newser) - If he doesn't shave his beard on his own, Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan may be forcibly shaved, Judge Col. Gregory Gross declared today. Gross also held Hasan in contempt of court for not shaving the beard already, and fined him $1,000, the AP reports. Hasan... More »

Fort Hood Suspect Barred From Court Over Beard

Nidal Hasan refuses to shave, in violation of Army policy

(Newser) - Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan got kicked out of his own court hearing today because he won't shave his beard, reports the AP . The military judge warned him about it at a previous hearing because the beard violates Army policy. When Hasan showed up again today without shaving,... More »

Radical US Muslims 'a Minuscule Threat'

Arrests down for homegrown plots, attacks

(Newser) - After the attempted Times Square bombing in 2010, many feared that radical Muslim Americans posed a growing threat to the US—but that fear is unfounded, a new report from a research group declares. The number of US Muslims charged in violent attacks or plots peaked in 2009 at 47,... More »

Suspect Shouts Name of Accused Ft. Hood Shooter

Muslim soldier accused of bomb plot yells out in court

(Newser) - The US soldier who allegedly planned to bomb Fort Hood military base had a disruptive and defiant court appearance today, reports the AP . Pfc. Naser Abdo would not stand up when asked and yelled "Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009" as he was leaving, referring to the Army psychiatrist accused... More »

Hasan Faces Military Trial, Death Penalty

Alleged Fort Hood shooter's lawyer loses argument

(Newser) - Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood massacre, will face a military trial and could, if convicted, be sentenced to death, Fort Hood's commanding general announced today. Hasan's lawyers had tried to convince the military that a death penalty case would be too expensive, time consuming,... More »

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