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Panel selection continues in Major Hasan court-martial: 10 panel members selected

FORT HOOD, Texas – In the case of U.S. v. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, nine panel members were individually questioned July 10 by both the government and the defense to assess their suitability as jurors.

During jury panel questioning, Hasan was twice instructed by Judge Col. Tara Osborn to refrain from his line of questioning when it began to appear that he was entering testimony and not asking questions as an attorney.

The judge reminded panel members who were asked these questions that the accused is innocent until proven guilty.

Hasan then focused his questions on what panel members knew of Sharia law and Islam.

In the afternoon session, Hasan recalled a previously questioned panel member to question him once again on his thoughts regarding Islam.

Subsequently, four members were excused from duty after the government counsel challenged them for cause. Hasan declined to challenge any members remaining.

The panel now consists of 10 members. At least 13 are required to be seated prior to the start of trial Aug. 6.

Six additional panel members will be brought in at 11 a.m. July 15.
The accused, Hasan, is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

On July 15, satellite trucks should report to the Fort Hood Clarke Road Gate on West Highway 190 at 8:30 a.m. Truck registration and credentialing ends at 9:30 a.m.

Reporters and photographers should check in at 440 Plaza on Fort Hood Street, Killeen, Texas, from 8-9:15 a.m.

NOTE: Only those media outlets who have preregistered for the original June 5 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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