Hasan trial getting even more idiotic
A quick update, but this has to be seen to be believed:
The LA times explores this defense a bit more:
In one of the first tests of Hasan's ability to defend himself, the judge on Tuesday asked him to cite the military law underlying his proposed defense. After pausing to confer with one of his three standby military lawyers, his former counsel, Hasan cited a specific rule of courts-martial providing for defense of others.
Osborn continued to press Hasan to explain — who were the “others” he was protecting? The shooting occurred at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, a Ft. Hood medical facility processing soldiers for deployment where Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, worked. The month of the shooting, Hasan was also due to deploy to Afghanistan.
Hasan said he was protecting "the leaders of the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban specifically" including Mullah Omar, their spiritual leader. Then he asked for a break to "gather my thoughts.”
Yeah, see, I don't think that's exactly what the "defense of others" doctrine exists for. The DoD must be really loving their "workplace violence" thing now, huh?
The prosecution on this case can probably relax a bit. I'm not seeing this as a winning gambit.