Trying to Get Death

I don’t even know how to characterize or explain this.

Remembering back to Summer 2011, his civilian defense counsel left the case shortly after the the probable cause determination (called an Article 32 investigation). Right now, he’s looking like the most fortunate of those involved in this case.

Here are the highlights:

Major Nidal Hasan, the U.S.-born Muslim who admits he killed 13 soldiers and wounded more than 30 others in November 2009, is acting as his own defense lawyer with a standby team on hand to ensure his case is handled properly.

“Should he decide he wants to fight the death penalty, we’re ready to defend him today. However, since that does not appear to be the case, we request that we become truly standby counsel, that we not be ordered and forced by the court in assisting in achieving the goal of arriving at the death penalty,” one of the lawyers, Lieutenant Colonel Kris Poppe, said on Wednesday.

Hasan, wearing green fatigues and a full beard, disputed the assertion by the standby lawyer, calling it a distortion. Military Judge Colonel Tara Osborn ended the court proceedings for the rest of the day to consider the lawyers’ request to distance themselves from the case.