Former Attorney General Ramsay Clark wants to represent the Fort Hood terrorist who gunned down 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian doctor in 2009, a Texas news station reported.
According to KCEN, the judge in Maj. Nidal Hasan’s court martial, Judge Col. Tara Olson, said Clark could represent Hasan but denied Hasan’s request to delay his trial for three days until to consider Clark’s offer.
Olson said the long-delayed trial must go ahead with its July 9 starting date, when jury selection is to begin.
Hasan is currently representing himself in the case.
Clark was attorney general under Democratic President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969, when President Nixon took office.
In more recent years, he’s become a darling of the American Left with his legal activism opposing U.S. administrations for foreign despots. Past clients have included such notable humanitarians Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein.
Clark’s offer came on the same day Olson entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in the attack, in which Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” before using his personal assault weapon on his fellow soldiers on Nov. 9, 2099.
Hasan has never denied his guilt in the killigs, but cannot plead guilty because he faces the death penalty. Military law forbids guilty plea capital cases.
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