Fort Hood Shooter Wants Death Sentence: Lawyer

Lawyers assisting Major Nidal Hasan in court martial asked to be removed from active participation.
1:44 | 08/08/13

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Now, to the court-martial of ft. Hood shooter, major nadel hasan. His lawyers asked him to be removed from active participation in the case. Dan abrams joins us now. They say it's unethical to assist him. They say if he's not going to try to avoid the death penalty, we can't continue being part of this defense. Meaning, he hasn't been cross-examining witnesses. He admits he's the shooter here. They say he's trying to get the death penalty. If that's the case, we don't want to be involved. In all likelihood, the judge is going to instruct them to continue advising. They're sitting on the sidelines. They're giving him basic advice on the law. And I would suspect that the judge will talk to him, talk to them and eventually say, let's continue this trial. But mr. Hasan, remember, that if you cross any lines, I might put them in and force them to defend you, even though you don't want it. The judge cautious. Doesn't want anything to be appealed later. This trial has cost the u.S. Government $5 million. He is flown in by helicopter to come to court. And he's admitted guilt. And many people want to know why is there even a trial? And he tried to plead guilty in connection with this case. Except, when you talk about a court-martial and the death penalty's on the table, you can't plead guilty. One of the questions here is, what will be the sentence? Guilt is another question. But the process has to move forward. And you are exactly right, that the big concern is, this judge does not want this verdict appealed later, as many death penalty verdicts have been in court-martials. We'll see where it goes from here.

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