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Fort Hood suspect’s defense banned

FORT HOOD, Texas — An Army psychiatrist will not be allowed to tell jurors he gunned down Fort Hood soldiers to protect the lives of Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, a military judge ruled Friday.

Major Nidal Hasan’s ‘‘defense of others’’ strategy fails as a matter of law, Colonel Tara Osborn said during a 45-minute hearing. The defense strategy means a killing was necessary to prevent the immediate harm or death of others.

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