Email to a friend

Accused Fort Hood Killer Wants Death Penalty, Standby Attorney Alleges

NY Daily News

By Corky Siemaszko

The murderous major on trial for the Fort Hood massacre is trying to fit himself for a noose.

That accusation was levelled Wednesday by a military lawyer assigned to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who has been representing himself in court.

It is “clear his goal is to remove impediments or obstacles to the death penalty and is working toward a death penalty,” Lt. Col Kris Poppe said. “We believe (that) is repugnant to defense counsel and contrary to our professional obligations.”

Hasan, who was shot in the back and paralyzed by officers responding to the Nov. 5, 2009, bloodbath, began squirming in his wheelchair.

“I object,” Hasan responded. “That’s a twist of the facts.”

The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, ordered the court cleared for a closed-door hearing and recessed the trial until Thursday.

Poppe appears to have a point. Of the five witnesses that have been called to testify, the 42-year-old Muslim fanatic cross-examined just two.

Hasan got a former boss to admit that he once gave him an “outstanding” evaluation and just briefly questioned a fellow member of a local Islamic center who said the supect was there on the morning of the massacre.

But Hasan didn’t ask a single question of Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who gave a riveting first-hand account of a mass shooting at the base that left 13 dead.

Nor did Hasan question the first two witnesses — a worker and a customer at the local gun shop where he had purchased guns and ammunition for the attack.

Hasan, who is charged with numerous murder and attempted murder counts, was barred from pleading guilty because the military is seeking the death penalty against him.

So when his trial opened Tuesday, Hasan quickly told the 13 officers on the jury “the evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.”

A son of Palestinian immigrants who grew up in Virginia, Hasan also did not deny shouting, “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — before committing the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base.

He even identified the murder weapon in court as his.

“Right from his opening statement that he was the shooter it became pretty clear what Major Nidal Hasan’s agenda was for his trial,” Greg Rinckey, a former military lawyer who is now managing partner at the Tully Rinckey law firm in Albany, N.Y., told The Daily News. “He has deliberately set out on the path of receiving the death penalty.”


Attorney Locator

Find an attorney near you.
Click below.

Contact Us

  • Tully Rinckey announces new hires and promotion

    Derrick T. Hogan was promoted to senior associate, overseeing the criminal defense practice in Albany. Hogan joined as a law clerk in 2009. Morgan Smith joined as recruitment manager. Smith has more than 14 years of staffing and recruitment experience and previously …

  • Albany Police Officer Arrested

    Officer Caught on Camera Slamming 15-Year old Girl Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox says on July 26th, Officer Ervis Miftari was called to St. Anne Institute, a rehabilitation center for troubled girls, to help with one of the residents, who …

Read All

  • Free Download: EEOC 2016 Update White Paper

    You Could Be Sharing Confidential Info and Not Even Know It Tully Rinckey’s white paper details the Equal Employment Opportunity’s (“EEOC”) nationwide change to procedure that has gone largely unnoticed. The new procedure applies to Charges filed on or after …

Read All

Read All

  • Tully Rinckey PLLC Binghamton Office Ribbon Cutting

    You’re Invited: Tully Rinckey PLLC Binghamton Office Ribbon Cutting Tully Rinckey PLLC, an upstate-wide coast-to-coast 70 attorney full-service law firm, is holding a ribbon cutting for its new office space at 4100 Vestal Road, Suite 104, Vestal, NY 13850 on …

Read All