Thursday, September 16, 2010

Grant the defense's request to close the Article 32 hearing of Major Hasan

It makes sense to me to close this Article 32 hearing.  Why give the Defense more ammunition in its fight to declare that the trial of Major Hasan was inherently prejudicial and unfair?

Time enough to hear everything at the trial.

Hasan's lawyer wants to close hearing
By Sig Christenson - Express-News

The attorney for an Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people and wounding dozens more last year at Fort Hood said Wednesday he wants to close a hearing this fall to the public and media.

Allowing anyone in the courtroom during the proceeding, which is expected to include eyewitnesses to the Nov. 5, 2009 shootings at the post, could jeopardize Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's right to a fair trial, Belton lawyer John Galligan said.

“I already believe he will never get a fair trial at Fort Hood, but this will be one other measure to minimize any prejudice that would ensue if any trial would be conducted at Fort Hood,” he said.

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