Hasan’s mental state a central interest for attorneys in case

Defense attorneys are compiling evidence to claim insanity for Major Hasan. It must be collected before a psychiatric evaluation is completed.

The Army has created a sanity board to evaluate whether Hasan can mentally stand trial.

Legal experts say it could buy him out of the death penalty, but it wouldn’t hand attorneys a win over the case.

Legal standards for an insanity defense say a defendant cannot be held responsible for their actions if their mental state prevented them from seeing right from wrong. But experts agree it is always a hard sell.