Judge in Fort Hood massacre case bans evidence of Jihad as motive

A self-professed jihadist who screams "alahu akbar" while murdering 13 people is actually not engaging in jihad. So says a military judge in the trial of Nidal Hasan who attacked a gathering at Ford Hood in November of 2009, killing 13 soldiers and wounding 40. ABC News: Lawyers representing the family members of those killed and injured in the Ft. Hood shooting rampage were outraged today when an Army judge limited prosecutors from introducing evidence, including emails to a known Al Qaeda operative, that would establish accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan's "jihadi" motives. The judge's rulings could inhibit the ability of the victims' families to claim in a civil suit that the shootings were an act of terror. Federal lawyers involved in the civil suit claim that the people shot during Hasan's murderous rage were victims of workplace violence, a designation that could sharply limit the damages in a civil suit. "This is first degree mass murder case and motive is...(Read Full Post)