It's day one for the capital murder trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.
The main question today is whether Hasan will give an opening statement in the outset of his trial. As I wrote in today's edition, no one really knows.
I spoke to several military law experts yesterday who outline how things should go today. The prosecution should have a long and "methodical" opening statement where they lay a road map for the jury to assemble a narrative in the case the government intends to support with extensive testimony. The phrase, "The evidence will show ..." should better uttered numerous times.
It should take at least a few hours for the prosecution team, headed by veteran military prosecutor Col. Mike Mulligan, to get through their opening statement.
Then Hasan will have a chance to give his opening statement. Pairing the fact that the presiding judge, Col. Tara Osborn, will not let Hasan put on his "defense of others" and Hasan's limited in-court activity since that ruling, I think he will not give one. That being said, Hasan could choose to provide an opening statement when given the chance to put on his case.
Once all that is over, testimony will begin. Alonzo Lunsford is expected to be the lead-off witness.
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Everybody is here today. I've seen Fox News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, TV from Austin and Dallas, the San Antonio Express-News and the Austin American-Statesman here. There's probably more.
Hasan again provided more documents to Fox News. This time he released two pages of a 49-page sanity board report from December 2010. The documents in part give the story of Hasan's journey from a non-practicing Muslim to his current state. It states Hasan's increased interest in Islam began after his mother died in 2001. During his residency, Hasan became disillusioned with military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. ""I am on the wrong side ... I am Muslim first ... I have to help my Muslim brothers overseas ... the wars (in Iraq and Afghanistan) are wars against Islam." The full report is available here.
The Washington Times focused on the "workplace violence" issue.
ABC News speaks with former Fort Hood police officer Kimberly Munley, who was wounded in a gunfight with Hasan on the day of the shooting.
Dallas Morning News has an indignant editorial by Jacquielynn Floyd saying that Hasan very well could have already been executed if not for the laundry list of delays that have plagued this case. Not really. No service member has been executed since 1961, and military death sentences are more often than not overturned. But the sentiment seems genuine.
Chicago Sun-Times says Hasan is a terrorist.
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