Hasan 39a Session Scheduled – Routine Motions Anticipated



DATE: July 5, 2012 12:11:28 PM CDT

Military judge schedules next pre-trial hearing for Major Hasan case

FORT HOOD, Texas — The military judge in the case of United States vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan has scheduled a half-day administrative hearing at 10 a.m. July 6 in the Lawrence J. Williams Judicial Center here.

Both the prosecution and defense will go on the record in open court to litigate pending motions and discuss administrative matters.  Pending motions before the court include questions for inclusion on a written questionnaire the court may send to prospective panel members. Other matters may also be filed for litigation at the hearing.

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

Media who plan to cover the hearing must register here.

On the date for the event, satellite trucks should report to the Fort Hood Clarke Road Gate on West Highway 190 at 6:30 a.m. Truck registration ends at 7 a.m. All others should check in to the Fort Hood visitor’s center, from 8-9 a.m. for final registration. All media should be prepared to show a U.S. driver’s license with photo and an accredited press badge with photo.

For more information contact:

Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
Media Relations
(254) 287-9993
(254) 287-0106
fax: (254) 288-2750
Fort Hood, TX 76522

More On Courtroom Disruption – What The ABA Standards Provide

In pertinent part, the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Special Functions of the Trial Judge, 3d ed. (2000) provides:

 Standard  6-3.8. The disruptive defendant

A defendant may be removed from the courtroom during trial when the defendant’s conduct is so disruptive that the trial cannot proceed in an orderly manner. Removal is preferable to gagging or shackling the disruptive defendant. The removed defendant ordinarily should be required to be present in the court building while the trial is in progress. The removed defendant should be afforded an opportunity to hear the proceedings and, at appropriate intervals, be offered on the record an opportunity to return to the courtroom upon assurance of good behavior. The offer to return need not be repeated in open court each time. A removed defendant who does not hear the proceedings should be given the opportunity to learn of the proceedings from defense counsel at reasonable intervals.