Alleged Ft Hood Shooter appears to be trying to get the death penalty

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Alleged Ft Hood Shooter appears to be trying to get the death penalty

Pretty sure this won't surprise or bother too many people:

On the first day Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a fight for his life, he claimed responsibility for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He posed no questions to most witnesses and rarely spoke. On one of the few times he did talk, it was to get on the record that the alleged murder weapon was his, even though no one had asked.

The Army psychiatrist sometimes took notes while acting as his own attorney, but he mostly looked forward impassively and rarely asked for help.

By Wednesday, the lawyers ordered to help him said they'd had enough — they couldn't watch him fulfill a death wish.

"It becomes clear his goal is to remove impediments or obstacles to the death penalty and is working toward a death penalty," his lead standby attorney, Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, told the judge. That strategy, he argued, "is repugnant to defense counsel and contrary to our professional obligations."

The Lt. Col. is right of course.  If he is there are counsel to the accused, per the requirements of the Constitution, he has certain obligations to the legal profession as well, and helping your client talk himself into death is not a good thing.  

I'm not sure why I even bothered with "alleged" in the title here either, since Hasan doesn't even contest it:

"I am the shooter."

Maj. Nidal Hasan made that blunt declaration Tuesday at the outset of his court-martial in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood. The Army psychiatrist is charged with killing 13 and wounding 32 at a processing center for soldiers heading into combat zones overseas.

"The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter," Hasan told the panel of 13 senior officers who will decide his fate. "The evidence presented with this trial will show one side. The evidence will also show that I was on the wrong side. I then switched sides."

I think we've wasted about as much time and effort on this guy as we need to.  Let's just give him what he wants, and not bother to publicise it or anything else.  I know he wants to be a martyr, and my guess is he'll get his wish, but this farce isn't really helping anyone.

UPDATE: Twitchy has more info in a post:

Breaking: Judge rules Nidal Hasan can continue to represent himself despite lawyers’ objections; Update: Lawyer calls it ‘morally repugnant’




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why you say in article "alleged" many eye witness saw him kill U. S. citizens!

After what this idiot has done i say life in solitary with 2 meals a day and make the @#$%^ suffer like all the families have suffered.


He is no longer "alleged" as you entitled your article. He is a full flesh confessed murderer and apparently very proud of it. Let him die, but a very slooooooow death!

Let's give the SOB life without parole and in solitary; then maybe he will die old, and just maybe all those virgins will be old also!

Let's give the SOB life without parole and in solitary; then maybe he will die old, and just maybe all those virgins will be old also!

I"m sure many people would like to save the government some money on the lethal injection etc. so how about having a National Contest? Entries should be sent in for the best method to kill this creep. I for one would like to see him tied up, thrown in a pig pen with hungry pigs/hogs and surrounded by beautiful, naked and not so virgin women!

Why is he still allowed to have his beard?!! He is still an officer in the US Army! Soldiers, officer or enlisted, are not allowed to have beards. If he is still being paid his military pay, benefits and allowances, then he is still a soldier and needs to be clean shaven like a soldier. If he refuses to shave his beard, then he should forcibly be shaved!! Like Mr Glidewell, I have always maintained there was a failure by his chain of command at Walter Reed US Army Med Center. The public has been furnished more than enough information about his questionable and inappropriate activities for the chain of command to have eliminated him from the US Army. They instead, promoted him and transferred him to Ft Hood where he continued his subversive, questionable and inappropriate activities that constitute conduct unbecoming an officer of the United States Army The chain of command at Ft Hood apparently continued to fail in it's obligations! If the US Army didn't want to courts martial him I think there was enough to at least administratively eliminate him from the military service!! Those in his chain of command that had the authority and responsibility to take action should be charged at the very least with dereliction of duty, and maybe they have!! Results of Judicial proceedings are generally not released to the public. We will probably never know if any action was taken!!

Then, I was only e2 and allowed myself to become a murderous dog.

Put him in with the general population of the prison and turn out the lights for 30 minutes.

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