A military judge Friday rejected Maj. Nidal Hasan's legal claim that he killed 13 and wounded dozens in 2009 to protect the leaders and members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Col. Tara Osborn ruled Hasan will not be able to enter any evidence addressing a "defense of others." It is a legal strategy akin to self-defense justifying violent actions if a defendant can prove a third party was in imminent danger.
"It fails as a matter of law," Osborn said. "None of (the victims) in Fort Hood, Texas, posed an immediate imminent threat to those in Afghanistan."