During a press conference following Major Hasan’s recent move to the Bell County Jail, County Sheriff Dan Smith showed his true colors and one-sided allegiance. In his words, “When (the Nov. 5 shooting) happened, it impacted the entire community,” Smith said. “He needed to be as close to Fort Hood for an efficient prosecution. It is important to us to do whatever we can to facilitate prosecution in this case.” Sheriff Smith needs to be reminded that Major Hasan has not yet been tried; indeed, there has not even been an Article 32 investigation. He seems to have forgotten that the presumption of innocence underscores our criminal justice system and that his patently one-sided commentary is wholly inappropriate. His remarks can be seen at the following site…..
The Hasan Defense Team is a matter of weeks away from having to provide the Article 32 Investigating Officer with a list of prospective witnesses for the pretrial hearing – but the US Army still has not provided the Defense Team with copies of at least two related FBI investigations. It is the absence of this type of material and relevant evidence that has caused so much frustration on the part of the Defense. The delay is now so long – well, the failure to disclose this evidence borders on intentional. Sadly, this is only a portion of the evidence earlier requested by the Defense Team and which has still not been provided.