Judge to rule on issue holding up Fort Hood trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge was to address the latest snag holding up the trial in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage: the former defense attorneys’ objections to helping the suspect as he represents himself in court.

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s three ex-attorneys have been ordered to assist during his court-martial if he asks. But they say it’s unethical for them to give legal advice about his defense strategy. Hasan has said he’ll argue that he shot U.S. troops on the Texas Army post to protect Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.

The judge was expected to rule Friday on the attorneys’ objections and possibly about whether to allow Hasan’s defense strategy.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s