Government defends use of evidence in Hasan case

MGN Online
POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 1:20pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:13pm

In the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, Military Judge (Col.) Tara Osborn required government lawyers to explain the relevance of using of a photo of Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, autopsy photos, crime-scene video, 911-call recordings, and the law enforcement dash-camera video as evidence in the court-martial.

The judge ruled the government may not use any photos of the deceased and also may not use a crime scene video during opening statements.
Hasan, representing himself, stated he did not wish for too many autopsy photos to be “paraded” as he said he was concerned for the dignity of the deceased.

No other rulings were made at this hearing.

The next pretrial hearing will be held 2:30 p.m. July 31.

The panel is scheduled to convene on Aug. 5 to allow time to conduct additional questioning in the event a current panel member becomes unavailable. The first day of testimony in the court-martial remains scheduled for Aug. 6.

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


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