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Hasan Trial Ends With Defense Presenting No Case

Hasan Trial Ends With Defense Presenting No Case

  The trial of admitted Ft. Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan came to an end today, with Hasan calling no witnesses and making no statements in his defense, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  Judge Tara Osborn ordered closing arguments to begin Thursday morning.  It is unclear whether Hasan will have any closing argument to make in his defense.  He is representing himself.

 

  At one point, Hasan said he planned to call two witnesses, including what he called an expert in 'religious conversions.'  But late Tuesday, Hasan said he did not plan to call any witnesses and he did not testify in his own defense.

 

  Hasan faces the death penalty if he is convicted of killing 13 people and wounding 32 in a shooting rampage at the post in November of 2009. 

 

  Two key prosecution witnesses testified yesterday that, despite Hasan's claims to have been 'protecting the Taliban' and fighting against what he sees as an unjust U.S. war in Afghanistan, Hasan was really angry because he was being forced to deploy to the Middle East, at one point warning that 'they will pay' if his deployment was not postponed.

 

 

 

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