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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 18, 2013 6:20:01 PM CDT

Judge Osborn prepares for opening statements in Hasan trial

CORRECTION: The next hearing is 2:30 p.m. July 25 here.

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Military Judge (Col.) Tara Osborn heard arguments for motions related to evidence and witnesses July 18 in the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan.

The judge established Hasan had sufficient access to resources to prepare his defense and instructed Hasan on how to properly conduct his opening statement. 

Osborn ruled that the government is not allowed to use an FBI video during their opening statement. 

Speaking at the request of Hasan, stand-by counsel Lt. Col. Kris Poppe argued that the government must provide a written summary of the testimony of all victim family members the government wishes to examine. The judge withheld ruling on the matter until the next scheduled hearing at 2:30 p.m. July 24 here. 

The panel will convene on Aug. 5 to allow time to conduct additional questioning in the event a current panel member becomes unavailable. 

The accused, Hasan, is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

On July 24, satellite trucks should report to the Fort Hood Clarke Road Gate on West Highway 190 at 11:30 a.m. Truck registration and credentialing ends at 12:30 p.m.

REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD CHECK IN AT 440 PLAZA ON FORT HOOD STREET, KILLEEN, TEXAS, FROM 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

NOTE: Only those media outlets who have preregistered for the original June 5 Panel Selection and subsequent trial will be granted access.

All media should be prepared to show a U.S. driver's license with photo and an accredited press badge with photo.

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