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Jury panel selection begins in Hasan trial

FORT HOOD, Texas – Judge Tara Osborn and government counsel posed general panel questions to 20 potential panel members assembled July 9 at Fort Hood in the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan.

Hasan asked no general questions of the panel. Six members were excused for cause, and the remaining 14 panel members will be asked more specific questions beginning 9 a.m. July 10 by both sides.

Hasan continued to represent himself pro se with his stand-by counsel available.

Osborn confronted Hasan on his recent release of documents to the media in violation of a court order. She reminded him that repeated violations of court rules and orders may result in him being represented by counsel.

The trial, set to begin Aug. 6, may last as short as one month, and potentially as many as several months.

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

On July 10, satellite trucks should report to the Fort Hood Clarke Road Gate on West Highway 190 at 6 a.m. Truck registration and credentialing ends at 7 a.m.

Reporters and photographers should check in at 440 Plaza on Fort Hood Street, Killeen, Texas, from 6-7 a.m.

Note: Only those media outlets who have preregistered for the original 5 June Panel Selection and subsequent trial will be granted access.

All media should be prepared to show a U.S. driver’s license with photo and an accredited press badge with photo.

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