It’s expected to be a dramatic day in court as the trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gets underway.
Major Nadal Hasan is charged with murdering 13 people and attempting to kill 32 more in the 2009 terror attack on a U.S. Army base.
Acting as his own attorney, Hasan will question some of the very people he's accused of shooting.
While he only plans to call two witnesses of the 32 survivors from the massacre, “when prosecutors bring some of them to the stand, Hasan, himself, will be doing the cross-examination,” reports CNN's Chris Lawrence. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
“Hasan's former attorney says he’s got a right to represent himself, even if survivors have to be subjected to his questions.”
Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin says it will be up to the judge in the case to make sure the victims are treated properly on the stand.
“If she does the right thing, if she does her job well, she will do what it takes to protect the process and also protect the victims,” Hostin says. (WATCH VIDEO)
Hostin suspects Hasan, who had offered to plead guilty but was denied by the prosecution, will likely take the witness stand in his own defense.
“It’s gonna be a dance that they’re gonna do in the courtroom," Hostin says.
Believed to be a death penalty case, the president would have to authorize the death penalty if Hasan is convicted, an unprecedented move.
“You're talking about a man who was in the military, a psychiatrist, who killed his fellow soldiers,” Hostin says. “I can't imagine that a president wouldn't authorize the death penalty, so it's gonna be a first on many levels.”
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Three people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a town hall meeting in Eastern Pennsylvania.
The deadly shooting unfolded last night at about 7:30 p.m.
“The normally calm town council meeting turned into horror in seconds,” reports CNN's Poppy Harlow from Saylorsburg, PA.
According to authorities, suspect Rockne Newell entered the township meeting and sprayed bullets to the 15 people and attendees.
“Police say Newell started firing even before entering the building, killing three and wounding several more with what is described as a long gun.”
“He then again reproached the building and entered the building again firing a weapon and was subsequently tackled and brought to the ground,” a police official said.
Authorities credit one of the men who tackled him for preventing further bloodshed.
“We don’t know why he did this,” Harlow says. “We don't know whether anyone was being specifically targeted or not. That is yet to be seen.”
But local media from the last year indicates the suspected shooter was involved in an ongoing property dispute with town officials.