Fort, Hood, TX (KWKT) — Colonel Tara Osborn, the trial judge in United States vs. Major Nidal M. Hasan, held a pretrial hearing at the Lawrence J. Williams Judicial Center and issued several rulings from the bench May 9th.
First, Osborn denied a defense request for a continuance until September 1st, The defense requested the continuance because of recent publicity from the Boston Marathon Bombing that included references to Hasan.
Osborn granted several defense requests requiring the production of defense witnesses at trial, and also limited the type of evidence the government could introduce during sentencing proceedings.
Finally, Osborn denied a defense request to make the Hasan court martial non-capital. She also again denied a defense request for the appointment of a media analysis expert.
Osborn set the next hearing for May 29th and scheduled May 30th to begin panel selection. A panel is the military equivalent of a jury.
The accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.