I'm back on Fort Hood today for what is one of the last pretrial hearings for accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.
The presiding judge, Col. Tara Osborn, may rule today about the admissibility of some of the most graphic evidence prosecutors plan to present during the trial. Osborn questioned the relevance and potential prejudicial value of such evidence, which includes an eight-minute video of the crime scene, multiple 911 calls, a police dashboard camera in which Hasan's gun battle with Fort Hood police can be overheard and more than 100 photos of the 13 slain in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting, at last week's hearing. My article about that hearing can be read here.
Osborn may also rule on a "standing request" from Fox News to interview Hasan. I've been told Fort Hood's public affairs office has kicked their request to the court it self, which set the ground rules for media coverage of Hasan's capital murder trial. The rules here for attending hearings state reporters may not interview anyone while on post, including "man on the street" interviews or speaking to more relevant sources, such as the lawyers or victims. Fox News claimed exclusivity in a recent report of a "statement" from Hasan, that turned out to be a two-year-old conversation with an Al Jazeera reporter. I wrote about their omissions here.
The regulars are here, including local TV reporters, the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News. No news agencies are here, however that will definitely change next week when testimony begins.
Austin American-Statesman reporter Jeremy Schwartz wrote a blog entry about the article I cited above.
The Dallas Morning News published a nice Q & A with retired Col. Lisa Marie Windsor, who was a JAG lawyer for 22 years. They ask her about the differences between civilian and military trials and even ask her opinion on the Tom Cruise trial drama "A Few Good Men."
Stay tuned for updates at my twitter handle, @KDHnews.
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