Apparently, Nidal Malik Hasan’s Defense team is expressing concerns that the Military is discriminating against potential Muslim jurors. Uh, yeah, you read that right.
The jury panel selection process for the court-martial of Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal M. Hasan has been described by the defense team as a “highly unusual process” that it wants to know more about.
When pre-trial hearings in the case resume on Friday, look for Judge Col. Gregory Gross to address several points raised by Hasan’s attorneys last week that suggest the military might have screened out Islamic officers in advance.
Army prosecutors in the case say the allegation is simply not true but the defense team wants proof.
They are asking the judge to release paperwork associated with the panel selection so they can better understand the process. In addition, the defense wants to interview Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, Fort Hood’s commanding general and Staff Judge Advocate Col. Stuart Risch, Campbell’s senior legal advisor, to determine if thee was command influence exerted from beyond the gates at Fort Hood.
As Barrack points out, the position taken by the military seems to be defensive in nature and should be more offensive:
I fail to see what’s so difficult about this. Wives of police officers are not permitted to serve on juries in criminal cases because of an obvious and inherent bias. Muslims should not be allowed to serve on the jury in the Fort Hood Shooter case for the same reason. According to Islam, Hasan was justified.
Instead of taking the position that they’re NOT screening out potential Muslim jurors, perhaps the Military / prosecutors should say they did while citing the Qur’an and the Hadith as justification.
Then again, it’s an Obama world.