You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

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.

Continue reading below

Osborn said no soldiers at the Texas Army post on Nov. 5, 2009, posed an immediate threat to anyone in Afghanistan. She said the legitimacy of the Afghanistan war is not an issue at Hasan’s trial, which has not started after being delayed for unresolved matters. She also ordered Hasan not present any evidence or arguments about his claims that deploying US troops posed an immediate threat to Taliban fighters.

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted in the rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of