Good morning. It's day two of jury selection for the capital murder trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan.
Today is the first full day of jury selection and the first day prosecutors and Hasan will get the chance to question panel members (military speak for potential jurors) individually.
We should find out quite quickly what I alluded to in my article that published in today's Killeen Daily Herald (readable here), whether or not Hasan will challenge or question any jurors.
The media presence here is already greatly diminished compared to yesterday's hearing. The large majority of out-of-town television stations are gone. We still have print reporters from the Associated Press, Reuter's, the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News here.
Fox News has a nice six-minute segment speaking with one of their military law experts Tom Kenniff, who explains why the judge prevented Hasan from presenting his "defense of others." Kenniff estimated three months for the trial to conclude.
The Wall Street Journal article mentions the uniqueness of this court-martial, speaking to Texas Tech law professor Richard Rosen about the make-up of the jury.
The Associated Press via the New York Times provides a summary. Nothing here not in my coverage.
Bloomberg Bussinessweek published this article about the fight to reclassify the 2009 shooting rampage from "workplace violence" to "terrorism." The reporter relies largely on former Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who is the sort-of spokesman for the large civil suit currently in federal court. Manning was shot six times during the shooting.
UPI report focuses on Hasan believing his military uniform represents "an enemy of Islam." As far as I know, no reporter from UPI was here yesterday.