Sketch of morning hearing

A sketch of the morning pretrial hearing for accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Here's a summary of what happened this morning.

I must admit a bit of a sense of pride for having one of my articles entered into the permanent record of Maj. Nidal Hasan's capital murder court-martial.

I'll explain how that came about. The prosecution entered in Appellate Exhibit #364. The exhibit is a copy of this article "Accused Fort Hood shooter releases copy of trial delay request" along with the actual document Hasan authorized to be given to me.

The issue before the court was that Hasan was never authorized to make the document public. It was filed under seal. Presiding judge Col. Tara Osborn said Hasan could ask her to allow sealed documents to be made public, but first needed the court's permission.

"You did violate a court order. Again, a reminder, you need to follow the rules and repeated violations may jeopardize your pro se status," she said, referring to Hasan's right to represent himself.

We are on break right now and will be back in court at 2:30 p.m. for jury selection to begin in earnest.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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