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Judge orders lawyer to aid Fort Hood defendant

Attorney objects, contends Hasan seeks own death

KILLEEN, Texas — The judge overseeing the military trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting rampage at the Fort Hood base denied his former lawyers’ request to limit their role in the case on Thursday. The ruling came a day after the lawyers said they could no longer assist him because he was seeking the same goal as prosecutors — to be sentenced to death.

The psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, released his court-appointed Army defense lawyers so he could represent himself, a rare if not unprecedented move in a military capital-punishment case. His three former lawyers remain with in the courtroom as standby counsel.

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