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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 3, 2013 / 25 Sivan 5773

Military judge to consider letting Fort Hood shooting defendant represent himself

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske


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AORT HOOD, Texas — (MCT) In the more than three years since the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, military judges have had to weigh one delicate issue after another as authorities prepare to try Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan on charges of killing 13 and wounding 32 at the military base. Should Hasan, a Muslim, be allowed to wear a beard? Should Hasan be allowed to plead guilty?



David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star


Today, a judge will take up another question with far-reaching implications: Should the Army psychiatrist be allowed to represent himself in the capital case?

One issue before the court will be whether Hasan, 42, who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down in the attack, would be physically able to represent himself.

It was not clear how or when the military judge handling the case, Col. Tara Abbey Osborn, intends to rule on Hasan's request.

She has said a psychiatric evaluation found Hasan mentally capable of defending himself, but she questioned whether he was physically capable, said Fort Hood spokesman Tyler Broadway. Hasan's defense lawyers told the judge that their client was unable to sit for long periods and would not be able to participate in the courtroom for more than five hours a day.

Either way the judge rules, military legal experts said, she risks opening the door for future appeals.

"The question is: Is he physically able to conduct his defense? Assuming he is, I don't think the judge has any choice but to allow him to represent himself," said Richard Rosen, a retired colonel and law professor at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock.

Should Osborn allow Hasan to defend himself, Rosen said, he expects she will also appoint standby counsel to advise Hasan during the trial, possibly his current attorneys, "because one thing she doesn't want to do is provide an error that would overturn the case on appeal," allowing Hasan to claim he suffered from ineffective assistance of counsel — himself.

Rosen said allowing Hasan to defend himself shouldn't delay the trial initially, but it could pose problems if Hasan chooses to ignore military legal rules and instead seize the opportunity to pontificate.

Hasan has already tried to plead guilty, which judges have denied (under military law, defendants in capital cases cannot plead guilty). But should Hasan defend himself, "He might just blurt out that he's guilty" during cross examination or testimony, Rosen said, although standby counsel would advise against it.

"I'm afraid he'll try to make a show trial out of it," Rosen said.

An attorney representing many Fort Hood victims and their families in a related federal suit said they were frustrated by the protracted trial — the shooting occurred in November 2009 — and worried about their safety should Hasan be allowed to represent himself.

"Our clients are concerned that this will lead to even more delay," said Reed Rubinstein, a partner at Washington-based Dinsmore & Shohl, adding that his clients were "puzzled and perplexed and upset."

"They are concerned that Hasan acting as his own counsel will have access to information about them and there has been no explanation or discussion with them" about what he could do with that information or whether he would be able to share it with others, Rubinstein said.


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Rubinstein is representing 125 victims and relatives who last fall sued Army Secretary John McHugh, the defense secretary, FBI director and other officials in federal court, alleging they knew Hasan was a radical extremist before the shooting but tried to obscure the truth, classifying the attack as workplace violence instead of terrorism and effectively denying them benefits and other assistance.

Alonzo Lunsford, 46, one of the shooting victims who sued and was also subpoenaed to testify at the court-martial, said he dreaded the thought of being cross-examined by Hasan.

"The hardest part will be sitting on the stand and having this man question me, not reacting to this man who tried to kill me," said Lunsford.

Still, Lunsford, who was the first to testify against Hasan at a pretrial hearing, said he won't hesitate to take the stand again.

"I'm not going to give him the satisfaction of knowing he can push my buttons to get in my head. If he wants to play head games, I can play right along with him," Lunsford said.

Lunsford, a retired Army staff sergeant in Lillington, N.C., was shot seven times during the attack, once in the head, and still has a bullet lodged in his back.

"I've been waiting for this for a long time," he said. "I need to close this chapter in my life so that I can move forward."

The military judge has worked to expedite Hasan's court-martial, which under a previous judge had been dogged by delays including Hasan's refusal to shave his beard because of his religious beliefs.

Jury selection in the case is scheduled to start Wednesday, with trial testimony beginning in July. Fort Hood officials were already preparing last week for what's expected to be a long, tense case, fortifying the courthouse with special barriers for added security, Broadway said.

Jeffrey Addicott, director of St. Mary's University Center for Terrorism Law in San Antonio, said Hasan has been "gaming the system" and using the run-up to his trial "as a platform to advance his views."

"As long as he can keep this thing going for as long as possible, he has the public eye. That's part of what terror is about," Addicott said.

Addicott compared Hasan's approach in court to that of Zacarias Moussaoui, an Al Qaeda-affiliated conspirator in the Sept. 11 attacks who represented himself during his protracted federal trial, ranting in court about his radical beliefs before he was eventually convicted and sentenced in 2006 to life without parole in 2006.

"He's doing the same thing Massaoui did," Addicott said of Hasan, "using his case as a platform for radical Islam."


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