Judge sets trial date for Hasan court martial
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Col. Tara Osborn, the presiding judge in United States vs. Maj. Nidal Hasan, held a half-day pretrial hearing Feb. 28 here.
Osborn ruled from the bench that the military's capital sentencing procedures comply with all constitutional requirements and declined a defense request to put in place special sentencing procedures.
Osborn also took evidence and heard arguments on defense motions to move the trial from Fort Hood and to disqualify all Army officers from sitting on a military panel in this case because of exposure to pretrial publicity.
A panel is the military's version of a jury. Osborn reserved rulings on these matters and stated she would announce her rulings in due course.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Osborn informed the parties that she would like to start the seating of a panel on May 29 and for the trial on the merits to begin July 1.
The next scheduled pretrial hearing is 10 a.m. March 20 here. The defense will again challenge to what extent Evan Kohlmann can testify as an expert witness.
The accused, Hasan, is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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