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Panel Selection Ends Faster Than Planned In Hasan Case

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A military jury has been chosen, and accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan will soon have his day in court.

The Army Psychiatrist faces 45 charges for the 2009 shooting rampage on post that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others.

He'll be tried at court martial on August 6.

Representing himself through the jury selection process, Hasan offered little input into who made up the panel that will decide his fate.

Now it's up to 13 of his peers, 11 men and 2 woman, all ranging in rank from major to colonel.

Their selection was slated to take a month but took only four days.

Former Fort Hood Staff Judge Advocate Richard Rosen thought it would take much longer.

Rosen said, "I expected him to do some extensive vior dire or at least attempt to one, but he just may not care who ultimately winds up on the jury."

10 panel members were chosen last week, and out of 6 more brought in Monday, the judge excused three Tuesday at the request of the prosecution.

Hasan had no objections to their disqualification.

The judge initially denied dismissal of one of them, and the jury stood at 14 -- that is until the prosecution raised new concerns he wouldn't be able to follow the orders of the court.

The officer had violated orders to avoid exposure to media coverage of the trial and also failed to wear his uniform properly in court.

Colonel Mike Mulligan told the judge, "Simply the wearing of his uniform shows he follows his own rules, it's an inability to follow orders."

Now it remains to be seen whether the speediness of panel selection will carry into Hasan's court martial.

"His defense of defending the Taliban was truly a frivolous one, so now that that's been disallowed, I'm not sure what he's going to do," Rosen said.

Hasan is now set to be tried at court martial on August 6.

Technically, there could still be delays, but Rosen doesn't think the judge would allow it.

"It's always possible, I don't expect one, I think she wants to get this thing over with, I mean it's been pending for over three and half years, and it's time to take it to trial."

Rosen went on to say, "I don't know if Hasan will move for additional delays, but absent from something like illness or some disability, I don't see her granting any delays."

A pretrial hearing is set for Thursday.

That's to go over the rules of the trial, any pending motions, and any new issues that may arise.

More pretrial hearings can be expected as the trial date approaches.

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com

Photographer: Chris Buford cbuford@kcentv.com

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