Fort Hood, TX (KWKT) — During the May 29th pre-trial hearing in the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the only issue before the court was Hasan’s request to represent himself during his trial.
Colonel Tara Osborn, presiding judge, discussed Hasan’s rights to counsel during the hearing.
Hasan indicated that he wished to proceed with his trial without the assistance of his attorneys and to represent himself.
The judge noted that a prior inquiry into Hasan’s mental health indicated that he had the mental capacity to conduct and assist in his own defense.
She ordered the government to conduct a physical exam of Hasan and asked for a report from the physician concerning Hasan’s physical ability to conduct his own defense.
The exam and medical report are to be completed by May 31. The judge will conduct another Article 39a hearing into this matter at 9 a.m. June 3.
The accused, Hasan, is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.