Hasan court martial stalled over issue of attorney's role
June 11th, 2013
08:05 PM ET

Hasan court martial stalled over issue of attorney's role

By CNN Pentagon Producer Larry Shaughnessy

Selection of the jury panel for Maj. Nidal Hasan's court-martial was supposed to start last week, but the process has been stalled over issues surrounding his plan to act as his own attorney.

Hasan faces a possible death sentence in connection to the November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and injured dozens of others.

"It is very frustrating," said shooting survivor Mick Engnehl of the delay. He was an Army specialist preparing for his first deployment to Afghanistan when he was shot twice during the massacre. His injuries left him unable to remain in the Army or get a civilian job.

The panel selection was set to start last Wednesday, more than three and a half years after the shooting.

But just a few days earlier Hasan announced he wanted to serve as his own lawyer. That led to a series of motions and hearings.

The latest hearing was Tuesday. At issue is whether Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, the officer who had been serving as Hasan's lead defense attorney, was adequately assisting Hasan defend himself.

According to a base news release, Hasan felt that Poppe provided very limited support because of a disagreement over his strategy.

Poppe told the judge, who had ordered him to assist Hasan, that he believed he had fulfilled his duty to assist Hasan and that any more assistance would force Poppe's to cross ethical lines.

Col. Tara Osborn, the judge in Hasan's case, told Poppe he has until noon Wednesday to submit a written, sealed brief to the court listing the factual and legal basis for his belief that he could not comply with the court's order regarding his duties to assist Hasan.

Osborn has not scheduled another hearing in the case nor has she said when the panel selection may actually begin.

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  1. Ayah Dawood

    Terrorists are blasphemous to Islam.

    June 15, 2013 at 3:35 am | Reply
    • John Geheran

      Carefull. That would make the Prophet a terrorist.

      June 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  2. DeepeThoght

    A military judge barred Army Maj. Nidal Hasan on Friday from arguing at his court-martial that he was legally acting to protect Taliban leaders when he killed 13 people and injured 32 others in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. -NBC News

    June 15, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • barbara

      Next he'll say we're violating his religious freedom by not allowing to use this as his defense.

      June 15, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
  3. barbara

    His defense statements clearly demonstrates that this was not a "work place" related incident..... it was a terrorist attack... pure and simple. The government has to declare this for what it was so the victims can get their full benefits, etc. This is disgusting.

    June 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      No, barbara. What is disgusting here in this ignorant, right-wing lynch mob mentality. This however, is music to the ears of the right-wing fanatics in Washington who want us all to support all their useless and unnecessary wars overseas!!!

      June 15, 2013 at 4:23 am | Reply
      • John Geheran

        Is it "ignorant" when jihadists are trying to kill us?"

        June 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • George Patton-2

        Good grief John, can you truly blame the Muslims for hating us? Look at our heinous foreign policies toward the Middle East and the obscene conquests of both Iraq and Afghanistan and now Obama's planning to drag this country into Syria's civil war where we have no business! This is indeed ludicrous!!!

        June 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
  4. pjoe

    Attorney's role? Make sure Hussan doesn't do something so stupid as to get a mistrial after he falls flat on his face defending himself.

    June 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Killer O'Bama

      Thank you, pjoe. I just love these anti-Hasan rants here. This anti-Islam mob mentality really makes my day!!!!!

      June 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  5. California

    And the NSA's little prism program didn't pick up on this fool. WHY NOT??

    June 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • DeepeThoght

      They mainly target political enemies of the current administration ie: the Republicans.

      June 15, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • John Geheran

      They were too busy hiring Muslim Brotherhood members, supporters or fellow travelers to assist the administration in creating policies that the "religion of peace" won't find offensive.

      June 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  6. John Geheran

    From the folks who brought you "workplace violence"..... As with the trial of numerous other jihadists, this one is shaping up to be a real circus. Will be interesting to see if the original report is rewritten to reflect Hasan's defence "I did it to protect Allah's soldiers"

    June 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • barbara

      I agree.... I think it's absolutely disgusting that our government labeled this a work place incident.

      June 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  7. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    "I" have your back !!!

    It's JUST "work place" violence

    NOTHING to see here.... MOVE along....

    ALLAHU AKBAR !!!

    MAKES PERFECT LIB / PROGRESSIVE / DEMOCRAT SENSE

    June 14, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
  8. your mom

    I have a computer
    I have an opinion
    Argue point with me
    make inflammatory statement
    accuse someone of being a traitor
    rinse wash repeat

    June 14, 2013 at 2:56 am | Reply
  9. Marina Ray

    Everybody knows that he did it. Even his acting attorney somehow is backing out. It is starting to be clear. Justice will prevail. I hope it turns out the right way.

    June 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  10. Portland tony

    Posers don't get it. Your cover is unmasked by the icon that is adjacent to your handle. I've had the same one for five years....you are one stupid commenter!

    June 13, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  11. California

    It's a shame the administration doesn't even know what a terrorist attack is considering they've all but banned the word terrorist.

    June 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  12. California

    The administration can't even admit it was a terrorist attack.

    June 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  13. Pete

    It's cut,dry murder and the gallows with him..Quit this giving him rights crap because if this had happened in one of his Muslim countrys his ass would've been toast and his bones bleached white by that middle eastern sun,like it or not!!It's funny how guys like him rail against our systems and when caught hide behind them as well,such bravery from a religious idiot that's not a martyr,just an idiot!!

    June 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • WaddaYaMean

      you forgot ONE THING .. this is not a Muslim country, and thats we we 'try' these people before punishment .. the ways ITS ALWAYS BEEN HERE , ya know .. in this country we call America ... but if you would prefer, then move the hell to a muslim country ... that puts people to trial the way YOU LIKE ,,,, but I doubt you will, because yo might just get put on trial yourself.. and let me tell you something .. you wouldn't like that ONE BIT ... so let this country do what it has always done .. Try people fairly... and then CONVICT !

      June 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
      • Me

        It hasn't always been like that here. Mobs have killed people and ther have been plenty of corrupt trials of people.

        June 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
      • Pete

        @wadda ya mean,yah just like in the O J SIMPSON trial when money prevailed,didn't it..I'll stay here but chose to see justice take months not years and guess what bud,your tax payers money is footing the bill,nitwit ..How's that for American justice!!And again justice isn't always fair either, look what Mississippis governor Haley Barbour did releasing those prisoners serving life sentences and hours later someone was killed by one of those released..Released after victims families complained against Haley releasing them...Is that also justice, I think not but like you said its America where you can get a fair trial and money like I said can change the scales of justice ,right!!

        June 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
      • Pete

        @wadda ya mean,yah just like in the O J SIMPSON trial when money prevailed,didn't it..I'll stay here but chose to see justice take months not years and guess what bud,your tax payers money is footing the bill,nitwit ..How's that for American justice systems!!And again justice isn't always fair either, look what Mississippis governor Haley Barbour did releasing those prisoners serving life sentences and hours later someone was killed by one of those released..Released after victims families complained against Haley releasing them...Is that also justice, I think not but like you said its America where you can get a fair trial and money like I said can change the scales of justice ,right!!

        June 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • Me

      Pete he wanted to plead guilty but wasn't allowed. So how is he hiding behind our laws?

      June 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
      • USMC1371

        Firing his lawyer at the last moment before the trial starts is a practice used to extend the trial. He will get into court and right before closing he will demand a lawyer or after he will request another trial. It will just drag out.

        June 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,like I just said it'll drag on for years at our expense ,just tax payers money buying his attorney as well..Yah justice is fair and when do the guilty get a speedy trial,never!!

        June 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  14. Abbey

    The judge needs to be replaced. What a miscarriage of justice this killer is making of the court.

    June 12, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
  15. Portland tony

    I believe he wanted to plead guilty but was denied. So now he wants to turn this into a mockery of the military judicial system......not withstanding this traitor's fate, all things considered, the military should bring its judicial system into the 21st century. This wasn't a battlefield criminal action. It was a blatant case of a berserk shooter on US soil and the perp should be tried in a federal court!

    June 12, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
  16. George Patton-2

    Due to the right-wing lynch mob mentality currently running rampant all across the country, I expect to see a lot of mindless Tea Partiers here vomit out their usual anti-Hasan manure!!! This only proves just how ignorant the majority of the people are on this issue! This kind of ignorance is a greater threat to our national security that all the foreign leaders are both past and present.

    June 12, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Again terrorist loving phunnie boy, ID thief, is trying to make me look as dumb as he is. Hang the guy right away and give him burial at the sea with his mentor OBL.

      June 12, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Marlene Crumley

      I'm ready to be one of the lynch mob. This monster killed 13 Americans in the name of Allah. There were plenty of warnings beforehand. He preached his Islamic rhetoric to every audience he had yet no one did anything about him in fear of being labeled an Islamophobe(sp). Get it through your head that multiculturalism will not work! People will always cling to their heritage. The only good that will come from this may be from his "defense of others" claim. Maybe then this crime will be reclassified as an act of terrorism instead of workplace violence. The victims and their survivors will then be able to get the medals and support that are due to them. Hasan should have been shot dead at the scene!

      June 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • ratherbboating

      If you are an American, then why are you supporting this terrorist?

      June 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  17. PIY

    He is trying to use defense of others, and more than likely his beliefs. Being his own lawyer isn't to bright so just let him , Maybe it will speed things up to pay the ultimate price for what he did.

    June 12, 2013 at 6:14 am | Reply
  18. George Patton-2

    disgusting picture, can someone put trash bag over this guy's head?

    June 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • SWEJ

      A noose would be a better choice.

      June 12, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Talk about censoring, I only wish that CNN would do that to that phony baloney using my name above! This is getting old!

      June 12, 2013 at 7:50 am | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        I did not make above post, Phunnie boy did, he is trying to make me look as dumb as he is.

        June 12, 2013 at 10:53 am |
      • Portland tony

        Note the icon.....Posers beware!

        June 12, 2013 at 11:30 am |
      • Portland tony

        Don't feel bad, George. This jerk does the same thing to me too, spewing his right-wing nonsense under my name! By the way, did you notice the right-wing rants here overwhelmingly condemning Hasan out of sheer ignorance? Did anybody here ever try to see his side of all this? Of course not!

        June 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • George Patton-2

        Portland phony, are you talking to me?

        June 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
      • Portland tony

        Yes George, I am. I can now tell from that right-wing, Obama loving, Tea Partying troll of yours that you're the true George here.

        June 13, 2013 at 4:22 am |

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