1. Fort Hood

    Lawyer: Hasan Wants Death Penalty

    A U.S. solider stands guard outside where the court-martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is beginning, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Forth Hood, Texas. After years of delays, the trial of the man who carried out the Fort Hood shooting is starting, with Hasan representing himself against charges of murder and attempted murder for the 2009 attack that left 13 people dead on the Army post. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    LM Otero/AP

    Maj. Nidal Hasan is trying to get himself sentenced to death, according to a lawyer on his standby legal team. Yesterday Hasan told the jury that he shot and killed 13 soldiers at Fort Hood and that he had switched sides in a war between the U.S. and Islam. Hasan is representing himself, but he still has a standby defense team, which today asked for a reduced role in the case, claiming that Hasan was trying to get the death penalty and that helping him reach that goal was “repugnant.”

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