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The judge in Muzzammil S. "Mo" Hassan's murder case today barred his new attorney from using an emotional-disturbance defense and said he would only grant the jailed businessman further delays in his trial based solely "in the interests of justice."

Hassan is accused of beheading his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, 37, last February.

Hassan's new defense attorney, Frank M. Bogulski, today told reporters that he is "confident" he can get an acquittal for Hassan on an unprecedented defense combining psychiatric elements and justification based on claims Hassan was "a battered" spouse who was verbally abused and humiliated by his wife.

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