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Fort Hood suspect to have mental exam ?

The attorney for the Fort Hood shootings suspect says his client will be evaluated next month to determine his mental status that day and whether he's competent to stand trial.

Are they flipping serious?

The guy is a psychiatrist!


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Asked by Crissy1213 at 7:49 PM on Jan. 6, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • He can be a psychiatrist and also be nuts. In fact,many go into psychiatry because they are nuts. He does need an exam. He went around the bend,didn't he.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:19 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • I figured this would happen. Not surprised at all.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 8:22 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • He'll know all the tricks to beat it and make himself appear incompetent, but hopefully the head-shrinker they have evaluating him will expect that and be prepared for it.

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 8:24 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • I agree with BlueCollar.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:33 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • I agree with BlueCollarMama as well.

    I am not surprised though. Insanity/diminished capacity is the only defense they can have and they have to come up with something. I sort of feel sorry for his attorney..ditto for the NY terror trial attorneys. Ooh, speaking of those they are attorney general Holders old firm....

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:18 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Ooh, speaking of those they are attorney general Holders old firm....
    How coincidental!

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 1:13 AM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • I don't agree that he can beat it. He may know what to say and how to say it, but mental disorders and defects alter the physical properties of the brain, which this cannot be fabricated. These changes can be easily seen in CT scans and ultrasounds. The only reasonable way he would get off if he appeals a conviction claiming an unfair trial.

    Answer by viridian at 7:33 AM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • He was described as a Schitzoid BEFORE the shooting by OTHER ladies think he made this up for his defense, he was on medication for a time a couple years ago...and he STOPPED taking them....His case is VERY typical of mental illness and someone who had NO ONE to force him to take his meds....


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:43 AM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • A more explicit and illuminating version of Major Hasan’s psychiatric review comes from National Public Radio. Here we find that he was variously evaluated as “disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid.” This raised the problem of whether he was actually psychotic and thus suffering from severe mental illness: ‘Subsequent conversations about Hasan reportedly included John Bradley, chief of psychiatry at Walter Reed; Robert Ursano, chairman of the Psychiatry Department at USUHS; Charles Engel, assistant chair of the Psychiatry Department and director of Hasan’s psychiatry fellowship; Dr. David Benedek, another assistant chairman of psychiatry at USUHS; psychiatrist Carroll J. Diebold; and Scott Moran, director of the psychiatric residency program at Walter Reed, according to colleagues

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:45 AM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • officials at Walter Reed Medical Center repeatedly expressed concern about Hasan's behavior during the entire six years he was there; Hasan's supervisors gave him poor evaluations and warned him that he was doing substandard work. In the spring of 2008 (and on later occasions) several key officials met to discuss what to do about Hasan. Attendees of these meetings reportedly included the Walter Reed chief of psychiatry, the chairman of the USUHS Psychiatry Department, two assistant chairs of the USUHS Psychiatry Department (one of whom was the director of Hasan's psychiatry fellowship), another psychiatrist, and the director of the Walter Reed psychiatric residency program. According to NPR, fellow students and faculty were strongly troubled by Hasan's behavior, which they described as "disconnected," "aloof," "paranoid," "belligerent," and "schizoid."[53]

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:48 AM on Jan. 7, 2010

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