Fort Hood shooting suspect asks to fire his lawyer
May 22nd, 2013
06:21 PM ET

Fort Hood shooting suspect asks to fire his lawyer

By Larry Shaughnessy

Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, has told the judge in his case that he wants to represent himself at his upcoming trial, the Army base said in a media release Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Kris Poppe has been Hasan's attorney.

Because of the request, Col. Tara Osborn, the judge in the case, has postponed the start of the trial, which had been scheduled for May 30, to June 5.

Hasan's request will be among several motions to be considered at a hearing set for May 29.

John Galligan, who represented Hasan during the early stages of the case before Hasan had him removed, said he wasn't surprised by Hasan's move. "These things happen."

Galligan believes Osborn will instruct Koppe to stay in the courtroom for the duration of the trial as "standby counsel" in case Hasan changes his mind and decides he was an attorney after all.

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  1. Skorpio

    A small fraction of the money applied to war, weapons counter terrorism, drones, etc. should be used to convert Muslims to Christianity or ANY other religion except Islam. This cult is the root of all evil, Islam is the ONLY common link in 98% of all terrorist and violent attacks around the world. A massive conversion of Muslims to Christianity is the most long term viable solution to drastically diminishing global Islamic madness, violence and discrimination.

    May 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Troy

      I agreed with you 100%! Islam is twisted bible and it belongs to Satan period. Muslims still have chance to convert to Christianity and they need to be baptized cleanly and be saved with a holy spirit.

      May 27, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Tolerance

      The Muslim religion has been around for thousands of years, longer in fact that Christianity. It is completely ignorant of you to think it is okay to use military funding to "re-educate" Muslims to become Christians. What you are proposing is essentially creating a situation that only one religion is tolerated. What about all the other religions in the world? Buddhists have to be re-educated? And what version of Christianity? Catholicism? Methodist? Lutheran? Episcopalian? Is there only one "right" form of Christianity as there is only one "right" religion?

      May 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  2. Tom1940

    The $283,000 in wages and benefits this "individual" suspect has accrued should be confiscated upon his conviction and be put toward victim relief, along with any other assets he has. Fair is fair.

    May 26, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Hubba hubba dave

      I agreed with you Tom

      May 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  3. Tom1940

    Why isn't the scaffolding being built to hang this "work place violence perp" and the trial proceeding?

    May 26, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
  4. jim king

    4 years later, nothing. U.S. law is impotent. It's incredibly wasteful, and disgraceful. The U.S. is quickly becoming like the EU. An immigration nightmare. All because nobody in the U.S. is allowed to call a spade a spade. Hasan is a spade. And we are fools.

    May 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  5. jonny

    Keep the POS on a steady diet of pork for the rest of his miserable life.

    May 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  6. Army Vet

    Don't you just love the way this is being handled after 4 years? 13 families can't get money and justice. Who is protecting this animal from execution? Why not give his pat to the thirteen families who need it? Seems we are becoming backward on things anymore. Even the Vets who served can't get a timely hearing. But the said they would clean up the slow processing of claims. Do you believe anyone anymore, when they speak with a silver tongue.
    The Gov tells the Vets we are going to fix the system, I have seen no change, still waiting. Have you?

    May 25, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
  7. usamericans

    The soldiers murdered dont even rate the puple heart – http://WWW.LOSINGOURSONS.COM – this needs to be reclassified as a radical islamist terrorist attack under a military tribunal

    May 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  8. Banana Juice

    Could some please hang this pig in his cell tonight.

    May 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  9. Perry Mason

    Great job, Army JAG Corps, prosecuting this murderer in a timely manner. Wait: This happened over four yers ago? There still hasn't been a trial? This guy is a major in the Army getting a paycheck for doing nothing, except grooming that beard? Hmmmm, nevermind, Army JAG Corps.

    May 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  10. Mateo Movillon

    Hung him in the tallest yam-yam tree and put him in a firing squad. Shame on him.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
  11. M.A.P.

    He only wants to represent himself so he can spew his bullsh!t islamist rhetoric – USA is the devil blah blah, responsable for all the worlds problems blah blah, eye for an eye blah blah. What a pathetic human being.

    May 23, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Is what he wants to spew anymore BS than what the right-wing news media does, M.A.P.? Somehow I don't think so! Just look at our current foreign policies toward the Middle East and Central Asia. That tells who is spewing what here!!!

      May 23, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • USMC1371

        If they don't like it then why do they keep asking for our money?

        May 24, 2013 at 2:20 am |
  12. StanCalif

    We, the USA, and all western civilized countries spent decades fearing the Soviet threat. We spent billions to defend ourselves and never fired a weapon against the Soviets. Now the threat to our livelyhood comes from radical Muslums. This threat is no longer just a threat. Radicalised Muslums are attacking all of us and succeeding! When are we going to wake up and do something?
    The US has been attacked, the UK has been attacked, now Sweden has been attacked! Why is this being allowed to happen? Western countries must reconsider allowing Muslums into their countries. This has to stop, and many Muslums already "in country" must be deported.
    During the "Cold War" with the Soviets, western countries admitted anyone capabile of escaping. These people came and never threatened us. Many became very successful contributors to our countries. Now we face this Muslum threat. This is far more serious! The West is not taking this seriously, now we suffer the consequences!

    May 23, 2013 at 7:36 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      I agree they claim they just want to be left alone so fine let them have what they want. Round up all of them and deport them. Antarctica sounds like a good place for them. They can pray for heat to their false profit they like to murder for.

      May 23, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
  13. Jomama

    Hope the trial is quick so he can stay locked down, no more publicity no nothing.

    May 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  14. George Patton-2

    No matter who represents him in court, there is not a lawyer in the world that can help him now. On the other hand, those clowns prosecuting Maj. Nidal Hassan cannot possibly hurt him, considering his physical condition.

    May 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Good posting, George. Like you said, there is nothing more they can do to hurt him since he can't be suffering any more than he is right now. This is even worse that the death penalty, so I just wish that those ignoramuses who hate him so would just shut up!

      May 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      He is going to get life which is sad but I hope they feed him a high pork diet for the rest of it.

      May 23, 2013 at 6:02 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,the military supposidly caught this guy red handed in these 13 murders so why waste the tax payers money then,cut and dry execute him and it'll make religious extremists thinking twice about dying as a martyr if there's no publicity either,total media blackouts so no one he's associated with will celebrate because they're in the dark about him as well!!These hearings that give him free attorneys and take months,if not years is not what our judicial system was created for..Just like Charles Manson being on death row for over 40 years and you know he'll die of old age before he ever gets executed for his horrendous murders done in the 60s and he's treated as a king because death row inmates pretty much get what they want before being executed and been that way for years with him,right and where's justice in that!!Tell that to the victims families as well ,they don't see justice in that either I bet!!

        May 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Personaly I would like to know he suffered before his death. They should make let him replace a lab rat. He is perfect for running tests on no major issue if he suffers or died. In the long run he might do some good for the world.

        May 24, 2013 at 2:27 am |
  15. George Patton-2

    I hate to see this guy's face, please hurry up and hang this guy, so CNN stop posting the same pathetic picture over and over again.

    May 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Sorry folks, I didn't post the above. It's only Phunnie boy trying to make look like a jerk as usual, so just ignore it.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        You don't need any help looking like a jerk, an idiot, a dickwad, moron, you are all these things and so much more A hole.

        Glad I could help.

        May 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm |

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