A week before his court-martial on premeditated murder charges is set to begin, Maj. Nidal Hasan unleashed another curveball Tuesday, requesting a three-day delay and telling a military judge he might hire former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark as his attorney.
Hasan had previously dismissed his civilian and military-appointed attorneys, choosing to represent himself during the trial. His latest request to explore the possibility of hiring Clark, a week before jury selection is supposed to start, was initially rejected by the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, who called it “untimely” and “obstructionist.”
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Personal: Born in Dallas Dec. 18, 1927. Father was former U.S. Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark. Married Georgia Welch; two children.
Education: Plan II bachelor’s degree from University of Texas in 1949; law degree from University of Chicago in 1950.
Career: Served in the Marine Corps in World War II before college. Joined father’s Texas law firm, Clark, Reed and Clark. Appointed U.S. attorney general by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967; served until 1969 and played an important role in Johnson’s civil rights agenda, including supervising the drafting of the 1968 Civil Rights Act. Ran unsuccessfully for Senate in New York in 1974 and 1976. Founded the International Action Center in 1992. Spoke out against the U.S. invasions of Iraq in 1991 and 2003. Worked as legal counsel for former Yugoslav leader and accused war criminal Slobodan Milosevic in 2001 and Saddam Hussein in 2004. Awarded the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 2008.
SOURCE: University of Texas, U.S. Department of Justice, University of Chicago law school alumni magazine