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Poppe: Hasan case exposes conflict in Bill of Rights

October 30, 2013

Wapakoneta native Lt. Col. Kris Poppe talks with New Bremen attorney Steve Smith Tuesday during a meeting of the Auglaize County Bar Association. Poppe talked about defending Maj. Nidal Hasan, guilty of 13 counts of murder.

Representing the man who is responsible for the worst mass murder on a military base in U.S. history and who wants to die for his crimes, his attorney says military justice officials are now realizing a conflict can arise from the U.S. Constitution.
Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, who had an informal discussion with members of the Auglaize County Bar Association Tuesday, said the trial of Maj. Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 people and shot nearly three dozens others, brings into conflict two provisions in the Bill of Rights.
“I think that tension between the right to self-representation and society’s interest in seeing that there is a reliable result when a death penalty is adjudged and that it is against somebody that truly deserves death under the penalty of law and not because there wasn’t a case put on and an argument made,” Poppe told the Wapakoneta Daily News. “That is in issue going forward for society coming out of this case and it will have to be addressed.”
For more information, see Wednesday, Oct. 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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