Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark will meet with alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan today for a face-to-face meeting that may result in Clark joining the defense team.
Clark was unreachable Friday, but sources close to Hasan’s case said the 85-year-old attorney, known for defending Saddam Hussein, would meet with the Army psychiatrist at the Bell County Jail today.
At the conclusion of that meeting, the two will likely decide on Clark’s involvement, said University of Illinois law professor Francis Boyle. Boyle intended to testify on Hasan’s behalf as an expert witness on the validity of Hasan’s defense. Boyle helped Clark get in contact with Hasan after Clark expressed concerns with Hasan going to trial without a trained attorney representing him.
Hasan’s former defense attorney John Galligan said he is meeting with Clark today to discuss Hasan’s case. Galligan has remained an advocate for Hasan even after his representation of Hasan ended in 2011.
Even if Clark joins the case, Galligan said the presiding judge’s ruling this week made it clear that Hasan’s trial will begin on schedule Tuesday. She denied the major a three-day continuance to explore hiring Clark, calling his request “obstructionist.”
“The judge was pretty clear on that,” Galligan said. “But (Clark’s) appearance in Texas refutes the military judge’s statement that this was an obstructionist ploy. For her, it seems that the only important thing is for the show to go on.”
Jury selection is slated to begin Tuesday with testimony to begin Aug. 6. Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted of 13 capital charges of premeditated murder stemming from the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting on post.