Army appoints new judge in Hasan case
FORT HOOD — The Army’s highest legal branch appointed a new judge to preside over the case of the Fort Hood shooting suspect, indicating the court-martial is on track to move forward after lengthy delays.
Army Col. Tara Osborn was named Tuesday to lead the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings that killed 13 and wounded more than two dozen at Fort Hood. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Monday ousted the previous judge, Col. Gregory Gross, saying he appeared biased against Hasan. The court also tossed out Gross’ order to have Hasan’s beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.