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Hasan denied continuance, trial is a 'go'

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

As of this writing, at least, jury selection in the trial of the United States vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan will begin as scheduled on Thursday, May 30. The process is expected to take four weeks with the actual trial set to begin five days after the jury is impaneled.
During a pretrial hearing on Thursday, May 9, at Fort Hood, trial judge United States Army Col. Tara Osborn denied a defense request for a continuance until Sept. 1. Hasan's attorneys made the request because of recent publicity from the Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15 that included commentators' references to Hasan.
Osborn also denied a defense request to take the death penalty off the table should Hasan be found guilty in the premeditated murder of 13 people and the premeditated attempted murder of 32 people on Nov. 5, 2009 at Fort Hood.
Osborn also again denied a defense request for the appointment of a media analysis expert.
However, the judge granted several defense requests requiring the production of defense witnesses at trial, and also limited the type of evidence the government could introduce during sentencing proceedings.

The next hearing will take place Wednesday, May 29 with jury selection set to begin the next day. Testimony is expected to begin July 1.