Standby Lawyers Want Off Fort Hood Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Defense attorneys helping the Fort Hood shooting suspect are demanding they be removed from the trial, saying the judge is forcing them to violate professional rules of conduct.

The lawyers have been helping Maj. Nidal Hasan represent himself during the trial. They asked to take over his defense on Wednesday, saying Hasan appeared to be trying to convince jurors to convict him and sentence him to death.

But the judge sided with Hasan on Thursday, saying it's clear the standby attorneys simply disagree with Hasan's defense strategy.

That prompted the standby attorneys to say they would appeal the judge's ruling. The judge recessed the trial.

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