The Army psychiatrist accused of going on a shooting rampage in 2009 at Fort Hood, Maj. Nidal Hasan, asked for a three-day trial delay to consult with an attorney who’s offered to represent him — former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
Maj. Hasan, an American-born Muslim who’s currently representing himself, made the request on Tuesday, at the same time refusing to enter a plea, The Associated Press reported.
The judge entered an innocent plea on his behalf.
He’s charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Witnesses at the Texas Army post scene said in various past media reports that Maj. Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the shootings.
The judge denied Maj. Hasan’s request for more time and said, “Your request is untimely, and it is an obstruction to the efficient administration on this court,” KCEN-TV reported.
She said that Mr. Clark could represent Maj. Hasan, but only if he could be prepared in time for jury selection, set to start July 9.
Mr. Clark has had a colorful career. He has previously represented survivors and family members of the Branch Davidian standoff with the federal government and former dictator Saddam Hussein. He’s also given legal advice to former Serbia President Slobodan Milosevic, accused of war crimes, KCEN-TV said.