Hours after Hasan is denied continuance
Ft. Hood, TX — Accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan was in court today. He asked for a three-day continuance but was denied the delay tactic.
After firing every lawyer of his standby defense team, Hasan is now contemplating hiring former US Attorney General William Ramsey Clark to represent him.
Clark represented Saddam Hussein in his 2005 Iraqi trial.
Current presiding judge Colonel Tara Osborn told Hasan that the next seven days leading up to the jury selection date should be ample time to sort everything out.
Hasan was also supposed to enter a plea today but refused. So, the court entered a 'not guilty' plea on his behalf.
Jury selection will begin July 9th.
While Hasan was sitting in court, Senator Ted Cruz took his first tour of Fort Hood.
The freshman Senator from Texas has made big waves in his first term. Today, he met high ranking officials at the base and greeted others wanting to meet him.
In a press conference just yards from the base’s gate, Cruz spoke on multiple topics ranging from the abolishment of the IRS, the local abortion fight at the Texas capital and made sure to speak about the Hasan trial.
Cruz took direct aim at the decision to file the shooting that killed 13 as workplace violence.
“I think the classification of that shooting as workplace violence is indefensible,” said Cruz. I am confident that the justice system will work and will yield the right result based on the evidence. But I don’t think we should live in a politically correct way and a politically correct world in which we refuse to call terrorism what it is.”
As a member of the Committee of Armed Services in Washington, Cruz has vowed to keep military strength a priority.