Attorney meets with Fort Hood shooting suspect

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Posted: Nov 09, 2009 9:44 PM

The attorney for the Army psychiatrist accused in the mass shooting at Fort Hood says he's met with his hospitalized client.

Retired Col. John P. Galligan told The Associated Press he met with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan for 30 minutes Monday at a San Antonio military hospital.

Galligan isn't saying what they discussed but says law enforcement won't be questioning Hasan at this time.

Galligan says Hasan received doctors' permission for the meeting. Galligan also was joined by Fort Hood's senior defense attorney.

Galligan says he doubts Hasan can get a fair trial at Fort Hood. Officials say he'll be charged by the U.S. military, rather than in a civilian court, in the shooting that killed 13 and wounded 29.

Galligan says he plans to raise the issue of Hasan's mental condition.