Hasan’s attorney would be dumb to not consider using the insanity defense but, still, there’s something unseemly about the fact that the mainstream media have been making an insanity defense the past few weeks as they insisted Hasan was not a militant Islamist but a nutter.
An Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people during an attack on his Texas post will likely plead not guilty to the charges against him and may use an insanity defense at his military trial, his attorney said Monday.
John Galligan, the civilian attorney for Maj. Nidal Hasan, said he is considering an insanity defense among other options, but that it’s too early to determine his defense strategy.
“Based on the evidence thus far, his mental status must be raised,” Galligan told The Associated Press by phone from his office near Fort Hood, about 130 miles southwest of Dallas. “Anybody who allegedly engages in conduct that is completely contradictory to his lifestyle and military career–an insanity defense has to be considered.”
Now, here’s the question: will Hasan allow his attorney to argue this defense? We have learned since Hasan’s massacre that he was in contact with some very radical jihadis who praised his actions. To use the insanity defense is to run away from the cause these radicals hold so dear.
It will be interesting to see if he will try to save his butt from the death penalty or if he’ll go all out and declare “Allahu Akbar” in court the same way he did when he shot his fellow soldiers in the back.