Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hasan May Plead Insanity In Fort Hood Massacre

This is what attorneys are supposed to do for their clients. They're supposed to come up with strategy and tactics to help their clients. Major Malik Hasan is accused of murdering 13 soldiers at Fort Hood and is likely to face dozens more charges in coming weeks based on his shooting spree at Fort Hood.

When faced with serious evidence putting Hasan at the scene of the crime and being the murderous bastard who shot soldiers in cold blood while they were preparing to deploy overseas, his lawyer, John Galligan, is contemplating that an insanity plea is how he can keep his client out of prison or the death penalty?

This isn't a mental health issue, it's an issue of Hasan's religious extremism and pursuit to carry on jihad by the means at his disposal. His ties to extremist Islamists, such as Anwar al-Awlaki, continues to be explored and that is far more informative as to his behavior and intent than claiming that he was somehow insane.

Galligan is in a tough position; a hated client and an attempt to defend the indefensible. It's just not going to sway the court martial.

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