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Friday, July 29, 2011

Military experts: New terror plot to affect Hasan trial

A lot of people are comparing similarities between Adbo and accused Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan. Legal experts say this will most likely have a deep effect on the trial for the accused fort hood gunman.

Both men have similarities. They have Middle Eastern names, a military background and an alleged plan to kill Army personnel.

Brad Glendening has been practicing law for 11 years. Most of his clients come from the military. He says the latest event will most definitely hurt Hasan's defense. "The least possible place to get a fair and impartial trial for Major Hasan would be here at Fort Hood. Especially if there are events that continue to seem to be going on, like what occurred a couple of days ago," says Glendening.

But this new incident will not only hurt Hasan. Even though Abdo is early in the judicial process, Hasan's former attorney John Galligan says is will affect the case against Abdo. "The defense council that are still on the Hasan case is going to carefully have to weight how that impacts the Hasan case. And whoever is representing Mr. Abdo is going to have to make a similar determination," says Galligan.

To legal experts, the best thing Hasan's defense can do is to delay the trial as long as possible. Along with fading from the public's minds, evidence may also fade. "The longer this thing sits, the more likely it is that the government will lose evidence or that evidence will become stale , witnesses may disappear, they may leave the army," says Glendening.

The trial against Nidal Hasan is set to start on March 5th. He faces a potential death sentence on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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