Is Ft. Hood suspect physically fit enough to be his own lawyer?
May 29th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

Is Ft. Hood suspect physically fit enough to be his own lawyer?

By Larry Shaughnessy

The judge hearing the court-martial of Ft. Hood massacre suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan has ordered a medical evaluation to determine if the Army psychiatrist is physically fit to act as his own attorney.

Col. Tara Osborn noted at a hearing on Wednesday that a prior examination determined Hasan was mentally capable of conducting his own defense in his murder case stemming from the November 2009 shooting spree at the Texas military base.

But she ordered a doctor to administer an exam to see if he can hold up physically if he were to represent himself, according to a statement.

Hasan was shot and paralyzed from the chest down on the day of the massacre in which he is accused of killing 13 people.

He said last week that he no longer wanted to be represented by the military attorney assigned to his case. Hasan fired his civilian attorney in 2011.

There will be another hearing on Monday to review the medical results.

Jury selection is slated to begin next week.

Hasan, who is entitled to be represented by a military attorney at no cost, has retained his rank and pay while in custody.

It is standard procedure for a member of the military accused of a crime to receive pay while a case is being decided.

Pay records show Hasan has earned an estimated $280,000 during that time.

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  1. George Patton-2

    You're right, I am a liberal moron.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:55 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      No Phunnie boy, I am a moderate no matter what else you may call me. You must really like that killer Obama or are you just another hillbilly Tea Partier from the South?

      May 31, 2013 at 9:16 am | Reply
  2. Lincoln freed no one

    Not that it's even a remote possibility, but I would p!ss myself for days if this guy walked.

    May 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  3. George Patton-2

    Mohammad followers are terrorists. Case closed.

    May 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Killer O'Bama

      Thanks a million Phunnie boy, for trolling that Towelhead loving Patton dude. Which does he love most, the Towelheads or just plain justice? It's hard to tell!!!!!!

      May 31, 2013 at 12:42 am | Reply
  4. alf564

    He is a Muslim terrorists and should be treated as such....Any Military Officer that defends his actions should be tried for treason, the same as him and he should be tried for MURDER

    May 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Good grief alf564, you sound like another anti-intellectual Tea Partier who doesn't think. Please alf564, try to open your mind and quit listening to all these right-wing nut jobs!!!

      May 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
      • Maik

        are you serious?!? this guy killed American soldiers on American grounds.. How in the heck could you defend anything that any person could say about this man (monster)?????

        May 31, 2013 at 12:01 am |
    • mike

      If he was indicted for treason he could not have continued to receive his military salary while awaiting court. However, since his arrest, he has received about 280,000 dollars in military pay, which he is free to donate to Muslim programs that have not been formally declared as terrorist organizations by The US State Department. You should look into CAIR, The Counsel on American Islamic Relations. They are considered tepid by our government, but their actions are outrageous

      May 31, 2013 at 3:14 am | Reply
  5. kamarasune

    Amazing...He still draws his pay and manages to cheat the victims what is owed to them because they won't declare it an act of terrorism...

    May 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  6. Jessica McGwin

    How stupid are we? I'll be surprised if we still have a country in 5 yrs. I can not imagine how the family's must feel. I want to blame this guy. The fact is our own government hired him and allowed this to take place. How long will we the people allow our government to fail our future or sabotage it?

    May 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  7. chrissy

    Did any of you people here ever consider why this man did what he did? Put yourself in his place for a minute and imagine that you're a Muslim and you see people who believe the same way you do and speak your language. Then imagine seeing these people get slain like animals by those drones and Apache helicopters from far away. Although not a Muslim myself, even I get quite angry at what's going on!

    May 30, 2013 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • KAF

      What about the seeing those people get slain like animals by those Taliban and al Queda suicide bombers and car bombs? Muslims kill many more Muslims than "westerners" do. One would think that if Hasan wanted to protect Muslims for harm, he would have wanted to fight the Taliban and al Queda.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Shaqir

      I am pleased with your compassion, that someone finally recognizes that Barack Obama's indiscriminate slaughter of muslims must end! For a man born and raised in Islam, he has turned out disappointingly. I assume you now regret voting for this butcherer, and falling for his lies of "Hope and change"?

      May 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Judging by his foreign policies Shaqir, it has become self evident that Barack Obama has a burning hatred for all Muslims, either Shiite or Sunnis. He has not, nor will he end the use of those ungodly drones and Apache helicopters, not to mention Gitmo!!!

        May 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • USMC1371

      Not all Muslims are Islamic but all Islamics are Muslim.

      May 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Maik

      WHAT!!! would you ever take a gun and shoot your neighbor for doing something you didnt see right??? This man (monster) shot inocent people on American grounds. He shot and killed kids that never went to another country to even try and defend America the place that you live in. HOW IN THE HECK could you defend a monster like this??? what is wrong with you??

      May 31, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
  8. Jomama

    Let the legal system run its course his life is over.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      I wish to disagree with you here, Jomama. This man's life is not in fact over, I may be harsh in what I've written, but his life continues, the lives that are over for the 13 individuals who's lives were taken by him on that horrible day four years ago. Its better not react with dire wishes to see this man suffer and your right let justice takes its course. Although those 13 lives that were taken by him have a complete ripple effect on their families that will be felt for generations, and I don't think I'm saying that wrong, you have mothers and fathers, grandparents and probably hundreds of relatives effected by this man. Who absolutely is a traitor to fellow corp men and his country. I have no idea whether or not he will face the death penalty, but right now he's been on this earth four years longer than those he killed.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
      • Jomama

        Put it that way, Point taken. The way I was thinking he is in three prisons. The one he is in, the one in his wheel chair and the one in his mind.

        May 30, 2013 at 3:54 am |
      • Jomama

        Just had this thought. This guy is smarter than average to become an officer, so I guess they are trying to figure out what his malfunction is so they can weed out people in the future.

        May 30, 2013 at 5:51 am |
  9. Aurthority9

    People of the United States of America,
    As a former officer who served 2 tours in Vietnam before I was severly wounded,
    I donot understand why the U.S Military is wasting time much time and effort for this
    TRAITOR. There is no doubt the Majors Guilt.Just do a simple Court Marshal
    find him guilty then take him out, stand him up against a wall and have a 6 man firing squad
    And execute him for Treason.

    Execite

    May 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Mary Collins

      I'll buy the ammo.He killed without mercy and I don't feel mercy is deserved by this waste of space. Why hasn't his pay been taken to pay his legal fees? The phrase is "If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed".He can afford one.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
  10. wjmccartan

    His pay should go the families that lost loved one and when he is convicted, put him out in the sun and take the wheels of his chair.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  11. DustryOnes

    Suspect? Hang the terrorist!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      You numb skulls are overlooking the simple fact that there is nothing more that they can do to hurt him, considering the physical condition that he's in. Get over it!

      May 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
      • Retied Military

        Yea, a firing squad would hurt for a few minutes.

        May 29, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Let him replace a lab rat. Run tests on him maybe he could do some good for mankind.

        May 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
      • Maik

        George Patton-2 ...... can you get his crippled weiner out of your mouth??? you defending this monster is disgusting.. move to a third world country NOW!! your $4000 dollars a year in taxes that you are paying is not worth having you live in this country. I have talked to people wounded by this monster. Not a single person hit by one of his bullets deserved it. They will forever have nightmares on that horrific day. If you defend him for any of his actions you should sit next to him from here on out.

        May 31, 2013 at 12:21 am |
      • George Patton-2

        Good grief Maik, judging by your post above, one would think that it was posted by either Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or Christine O'Donnell. These women are hateful Tea Partiers and resent anyone who takes up for less than politically popular people regardless of their views. In other words, don't let these broads put words in your mouth!

        May 31, 2013 at 9:12 am |
  12. bdsleepy

    Why have a trial, put him in front of the firing squad. He is guilty as charged.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  13. snowdogg

    This could drag on for a L-O-O-O-O-N-G time.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Retied Military

      This is dragging along for so long so he can continue to get his Major(O-4) pay. Once he is convicted that pay stops. But where else does your employer keep paying you for not working and in a jail cell. Wonder if he is trying to drag it out till he can retire.

      May 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  14. Skorpio

    Islam is the root of the problem. This evil religion causes brain paralysis and rotten the soul. A massive conversion of Muslims to Christianity is necessary to stop global Islamic madness, violence and discrimination.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  15. Dave

    It's amazing that almost four years has passed and he still hasn't been tried. It's an open and shut case. It's ridiculous that he's still getting paid.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  16. LouAZ

    The Judge must reming him that he is NOT being tried under sharia law.

    May 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • LouAZ

      reminD, not reming(?). Sorry.

      May 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  17. Sherri

    Funny, the article does not say the reason he gave for doing what he did. He was very vocal about it at the time. Very proud of why he shot and killed so many of his fellow soldiers.
    And WE have paid him $280,000 during this time. Just great.

    May 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  18. George Patton

    if he is pealing guilty and requesting electric chair then why not?

    May 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • omgamike

      He already has the chair - just wire it up and plug it in!

      May 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply

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