Ft. Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan tried to throw another monkey wrench into his long delayed trial on Tuesday, when he asked Judge Tara Osborn for permission for another delay so he can hire former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark as his new defense lawyer, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Osborn told Hasan that he can get legal advise from anybody he wants, but she will not delay his long delayed court martial any longer, and ordered that jury selection begin next week as scheduled.
Clark confirms that he would be willing to provide advise to Hasan 'over the phone' if Hasan wants his advice.
Clark, 85, is one of the lions of 1960s liberalism. The U.S. Attorney General in the Lyndon Johnson Administration, Clark has been on the front lines of liberal causes for six decades.
But despite his liberal leanings, Clark has been criticized for being willing to represent some very illiberal people, including the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and once claimed that history will 'vindicate' Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic.
Clark has been known as being anti-American and anti death penalty, which may be the reason he is wiling to assist Hasan, who is charged with killing 13 soldiers who were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
Osborn also rejected several motions filed by Hasan's former attorneys, including an objection that Hasan was referred for a capital court martial without his case being first heard at an Article 32 hearing.