Nidal Hasan's beard shaved off at Fort Leavenworth Prison
September 4th, 2013
08:11 PM ET

Nidal Hasan's beard shaved off at Fort Leavenworth Prison

By Larry Shaughnessy

The beard that delayed the Fort Hood court martial trial for months is gone. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the former Army psychiatrist convicted of 13 murders and dozens of attempted murders, is clean shaven again.

According to an Army statement about Hasan's incarceration at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, "All inmates must conform to AR 670-1, wear and appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia."

The statement also said, "In keeping with the provisions" of the regulations, "Inmate Hasan has been shaved."
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August 6th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

Fort Hood witness on Hasan: 'His punishment will come'

By Matt Smith and Jason Morris

The court-martial of U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesady morning at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan is accused of opening fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in 2009, killing 13 people and wounding dozens more.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors hope to show that the devout Muslim had undergone a "progressive radicalization," giving presentations in defense of suicide bombings and about soldiers conflicted between military service and their religion when such conflicts result in crime.

A military judge ruled last week that the prosecution can introduce evidence of Hasan's Internet searches on jihad and the Taliban in the days and hours before the rampage, but has deferred a ruling on whether they can introduce other materials.

Hasan will represent himself in his court-martial. He told the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, that he plans to call two witnesses during the proceedings.

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.
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Fort Hood suspect sought to protect Taliban
Maj. Nidal Hasan
June 4th, 2013
06:02 PM ET

Fort Hood suspect sought to protect Taliban

By Larry Shaughnessy

Fort Hood massacre suspect Army Maj. Nidal Hasan argues that he sought to protect Taliban leaders during a shooting rampage at the sprawling Texas military base that killed 13 people.

Representing himself against murder charges, Hasan explained his "defense of others" strategy at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday without offering details, according to a statement from the military base.

That prompted the military judge overseeing the long-delayed court-martial to give him a day to present any facts to underpin his case, the statement said.

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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.

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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.

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April 2nd, 2013
07:02 PM ET

No Purple Heart for Ft. Hood victims

The Army has decided not to award Purple Hearts to the dead and wounded in that incident. The victims of the mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas

That has families, and some lawmakers outraged.

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence looked in to this.


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Military judge removed from Fort Hood shooter case
December 3rd, 2012
09:01 PM ET

Military judge removed from Fort Hood shooter case

By Jennifer Rizzo

A military appeals court has removed the judge who had been overseeing accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan’s court-martial, saying the judge was biased.

The ruling makes Col. Gregory Gross’ order for Hasan’s beard to be shaved invalid. Hasan has objected to the order with various appeals, citing religious freedom.

“We order the removal of the military judge on the basis of the appearance of bias,” the court document states.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces faulted Gross with allowing the proceedings to become a “duel of wills” between him and Hasan rather than focusing on the serious crimes with which Hasan is charged.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has been charged with 13 counts of murder in connection with the November 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army post in central Texas.
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U.S. asks court to deny Fort Hood shooter's appeal
November 19th, 2012
03:47 PM ET

U.S. asks court to deny Fort Hood shooter's appeal

By Jennifer Rizzo

The U.S. government has asked a military appeals court to deny accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan's request to keep a beard he has grown and to reject his bid to have the judge overseeing his court martial removed from the case.

Army regulations prevent most soldiers from wearing facial hair while in uniform. Hasan, a practicing Muslim, maintains he has the right to wear the beard under federal law protecting religious rights.

Involuntarily shaving a person is "not a novel concept" and is within the court's rights, the Appellate Government Counsel of the Judge Advocate General's office wrote in a brief for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Hasan did not prove that wearing his beard was "based on a sincerely held religious belief," the filing said.

The brief also raised the concern that Hasan's decision to grow a beard was to make it difficult for witnesses to identify him, calling the timing "questionable."
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Fort Hood shooting victims want rampage labeled as terrorism
Aftermath of Ft. Hood, Texas shooting in November 2009
October 23rd, 2012
08:16 PM ET

Fort Hood shooting victims want rampage labeled as terrorism

By Mike Mount

Survivors and family members of the Fort Hood shootings released a video last week demanding the U.S. government designate the massacre as an act of terrorism rather than a case of a murderous rampage.

Such a designation would give the victims an enhanced series of benefits as if they were wounded in combat, according to the group.

The video includes victims and witnesses to the shootings on November 5, 2009. While much of the video uses victims to recount their experiences during the shooting, some complain that charging Maj. Nidal Hasan with murder does not reinforce what the actual incident turned out to be, an act of terrorism, they say.

One victim, who was shot in the chest, says, "They (Fort Hood victims) were killed and wounded by a domestic enemy, somebody who was there that day to kill soldiers, to prevent them from deploying," according to Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning in the video. "If that's not an act of war or an act of terrorism, I don't know what is."
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