Fort Hood, Tx — Judge Col. Tara Osborn has ruled to allow Major Nidal Hasan until close of business on June 10 to provide a justification to support his proposed defense of "defense of others." Hasan has previously requested a three-month continuance of the court-martial in order to prepare such a defense.
Pending the ruling on this motion for a continuance, the jury panel members were directed to return to their home duty stations. Furthermore, Osborn denied Lt. Col. Chris Martin's request to be relieved as stand-by counsel, citing Hasan's repeated indecision on his use and desire for counsel. Osborn cited the need for continuity given the complexity of the case.
Additionally, Hasan indicated that he currently has insufficient access to legal research material and the use of the Internet. He stated he was concerned that too many trees would be killed in the printing of research materials, and repeated his request for Internet access, which was denied by the judge.
The court will be in session once again at 9 a.m. June 11 to hear pre-trial motions presented in the case.
The accused, Hasan, is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.