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Fort Hood Suspect's Defense Strategy Banned in Court


Today a military judge ruled that accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan cannot defend himself using the "defense of others" strategy in his murder trial.   Hasan originally tried to argue that the 2009 shooting was an effort to protect Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.

Judge Colonel Tara Osborn gave a heated ruling in court denying Hasan's defense request saying that the defense failed as a matter of law.

Osborn said that at the time of the shooting, no one at Fort Hood posed an "immediate and imminent" threat to anyone in Afghanistan to which Hasan objected.

Osborn said that the legitimacy of the war in Afghanistan was not an issue in this trial which means Hasan now has to find another defense before the trial can get underway.

Osborn also addressed the ongoing issues between Hasan and his defense standby counsel that have plagued the pre-trial for months.

The defense standby counsel argued that they felt it was unethical and inappropriate to give Hasan legal advice since Hasan is now representing himself in the case.

The judge also allowed two of the paralegals working on the defense to be relieved of their duties.  Two replacements must be found as soon as possible.

Osborn has ordered the defense counsel to present a full written explanation by Monday as to what their role in the case should be with another pre-trial hearing set for Tuesday.

Stay with News Channel 25 for the latest information on this case.

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