Fort Hood PAO Release Re: Pretrial Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 10, 2012 3:48:57 PM CDT

Military judge rules on April 10 pre-trial motions in Major Hasan case

FORT HOOD, Texas – In the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the trial judge, Col. Gregory Gross, heard arguments from both sides regarding pending motions April 10 in the Lawrence J. Williams Judicial Center here.

The first motion was the defense’s request to appoint a victim outreach specialist. A Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach specialist was requested by the defense and would be appointed by the court to reach out to victim-survivors of capital crimes and act as the link between the victim-survivor and the defense team.  After hearing from witnesses and argument from both sides, Gross denied the defense motion.

In the second motion, the defense counsel requested a continuance until October 9, 2012.

Defense counsel argued that the delay is necessary because of the large volume of documents and other evidence already delivered to the defense and the anticipated continued disclosure of additional documents and evidence by the prosecution.

Government counsel argued that the defense has had ample time to review the evidence and requested that the defense counsel file any further motions as soon as possible.

Gross did not make a decision on whether to grant the motion for a continuance.  He indicated that he will schedule another hearing in the near future at which time he will issue his decision.

Gross also denied a defense motion for the production of discovery containing communications between the President of the United States and other parties.  This motion had been filed and litigated at an earlier hearing.

The accused is considered innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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