Friday, June 29, 2012
Hasan Trial Set for Aug. 20 as Judge Denies Continuance
From a Fort Hood News Release
FORT HOOD, Texas, June 29, 2012 – The trial of an Army psychiatrist accused of killing 12 soldiers and a civilian employee here in a Nov. 5, 2009, shooting rampage that left 30 others injured will start as scheduled Aug. 20, a military judge ruled today.
Army Col. Gregory Gross denied Maj. Nidal M. Hasan’s request for a further continuance until December.
Gross also submitted to questioning from Hasan’s defense counsel concerning whether he was biased against the accused and ruled that he was not and that no implied bias existed. After announcement of that ruling, defense counsel stated their intention to appeal the military judge's refusal to recuse himself to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
In another matter pertaining to the case, the judge ruled that the commanding general of 3rd Corps and Fort Hood and his staff judge advocate must make themselves available for a joint interview by defense counsel concerning the referral of the case for trial by court-martial.
Hasan was not present in court today and viewed the proceedings via a closed-circuit feed in a trailer next to the courthouse. The judge announced that Hasan still was not clean-shaven as required by Army regulations, that the Army had declined to grant him a religious accommodation for the beard, and that the Army Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear his appeal of the judge's decision last week to remove him from the courtroom because of the beard.
The judge is expected to rule on other pending motions and take up any new motions at a hearing scheduled for July 6.