Court Denies Fort Hood Suspect Access to Evidence

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW ORLEANS A federal appeals court has ruled that the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly mass shooting at Fort Hood cannot obtain evidence obtained through secret electronic surveillance.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans also denied Major Nidal Hasan's motion to suppress the evidence the government plans to use against him. The court's decision Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling issued before Hasan recently began serving as his own attorney.

The appeals court said denying Hasan access to evidence obtained through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, doesn't violate his legal rights.

Hasan faces execution or life without parole if convicted in the 2009 rampage that left 13 dead and nearly three dozen wounded on the Texas Army post.

Jury selection in his court-martial started Tuesday.


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