Nidal Hasan will not get a break from the Boston Massacre bombing.
1200 WOAI news reports military Judge Col. Tara Osborn has rejected a request from Hasan's lawyers to delay his court martial in the 2009 Ft. Hood massacre until September. They claimed the fact that Hasan's name was mentioned in news coverage of the Boston bombing, that would prejudice the military court against him.
"The comparisons (between the Boston bombings and the Ft. Hood case) are striking and troubling," Lt Col. Kris Poppe, Hasan's lead defense attorney, told the judge.
Judge Osborn also refused to drop the death penalty in the case, which may have prompted Hasan to enter a guilty plea. She ruled that Hasan will continue to face the possibility of a death sentence for the shooting rampage, which killed 13 and wounded 32.
The judge again ordered that selection of a panel of jurors of the rank of Major or higher begin on May 29, and opening arguments in his court martial begin July 1.
She ordered that some of Hasan's relatives will be compelled to testify in the case, and she again rejected the defense request that a media expert by hired at taxpayer expense to help defense lawyers select the jury.
The members of the jury panel are expected to be selected from Ft. Sill Oklahoma.