Fort Hood

Hasan's Lawyer: Due Process Trampled

Paralyzed from the chest down, a groggy Maj. Nidal Hasan wavered in and out of consciousness during an hour-long hearing in his hospital room this weekend and lawyer John P. Galligan claims these circumstances that do not meet the accused's due-process rights. As pretrial proceedings for the most infamous military psychiatrist-turned-gunman begin, Army officials say Hasan requires "unique and tailored" proceedings, but Galligan doesn't trust it. "What does that mean?" Galligan, a retired colonel, asked. He continued, "Already on most basic fundamental parts of pretrial process, I am not saying it is totally derailed, but they need to do some maintenance to make sure we stay on track." Galligan says the military has ignored procedural requests and his request to question Hasan's unit commander, noting also that Hasan was transferred between units last week (while still in the hospital) for unclear reasons.