Fort Hood shooting

In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Hasan, right, sits by his former defense attorneys Maj. Joseph Marcee, far left, and Lt. Col. Kris Poppe during a hearing at Fort Hood on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, has delayed a ruling on whether to allow Hasan’s defense strategy, and his trial date has not been set.

FORT HOOD — A military judge Friday rejected Maj. Nidal Hasan’s legal claim that he killed 13 and wounded dozens in 2009 to protect the leaders and members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Col. Tara Osborn ruled Hasan will not be able to enter any evidence addressing a “defense of others.” It is a legal strategy akin to self-defense justifying violent actions if a defendant can prove a third party was in imminent danger.

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