FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 29, 2012 1:56:48 PM CDT
Military judge denies continuance request and rules on other pending motions in the Major Hasan case
In the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the trial judge, Col. Gregory Gross, denied the defense request for a further continuance of trial until December 2012 and ordered that the trial will begin on Aug. 20, 2012, in the Lawrence J. Williams Judicial Center here.
The military judge also submitted to questioning from defense counsel concerning whether he was biased against the accused, and then ruled that he was neither actually biased and that no implied bias existed. After announcement of that ruling, defense counsel stated their intention to appeal the military judge’s failure to recuse himself to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
In one further matter, the military judge ruled that III Corps and Fort Hood’s Commanding General and his staff judge advocate must make themselves available for a joint interview by defense counsel concerning the referral of this case.
The accused was not present in court today and continued to view court proceedings via a closed-circuit feed in a trailer adjacent to the courthouse.
The military judge announced that the accused was still not clean shaven as required by Army regulations, that the Department of the Army had declined to grant the accused a religious accommodation for the wearing of the beard, and that the Army Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear the accused’s appeal of the judge’s decision 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 the next Article 39a hearing currently scheduled for 10 a.m. July 6.
The accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
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Fort Hood, TX 76522