Army ap­points new judge in Hasan case

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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