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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 2:13 pm, Thu Jan 23, 2014.

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.

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2 comments:

  • Eliza posted at 4:10 pm on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 825

    @ 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.”

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    Mr. Galligan must have not been in the same location as many who know of this case have been, especially ones who were wounded and the families of those who were murdered by his former client.
    If he had been,he would stop making the ridiculous statement of anyone not having given his former client, every benefit to defend himself of the charges brought against him, and in which he is proud enough of, He wants to declare them himself in an open courtroom.
    The accused and as that man says himself, the guilty, have been given more of a chance to have a fair and unbiased trial, then any I can remember.
    He and his advising attorneys are the ones who have been a problem and have stood in the way of justice being done.

     
  • Smithjr38 posted at 1:30 pm on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Smithjr38 Posts: 114

    Would the KDH find out just how Hassan knew about the tarrier Clark? I bet Erie Holder put him on the case on be have of Obama whom we know now fully supports radical Islam by supporting the Muslim BrotherHood.

     

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