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Court-Martial Begins Today
By Harold Hutchison

The court-martial of Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a 5 November, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has begun with the commencement of the military’s equivalent to jury selection. Hasan is defending himself in the court-martial.

Prior to the trial, a military judge ruled that Hasan would be barred from raising arguments claiming that he was acting in defense of the Taliban. Prior to the shooting, Hasan had exchanged as many as 20 e-mails with Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a September, 2011 UAV strike.

Hasan could get the death penalty if he is convicted.