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Fort Hood trial poses challenge to US military judiciary

AP, DALLAS

The entire record will be scrutinized by US military appeals courts that have overturned most of the death sentences they have considered.

Hasan has twice dismissed his lawyers and now plans to represent himself at trial.

He has suggested he wants to argue that the killings were in “defense of others” — namely, members of the Taliban fighting Americans in Afghanistan. The trial judge, Army Colonel Tara Osborn, has so far denied that strategy.

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