A military judge refused Wednesday to step down in the case of an Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage, saying it had no effect on him.
Maj. Nidal Hasan’s attorneys argued that the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, should recuse himself. They claimed there was an appearance of bias since he was on the Texas Army post the day of the 2009 shootings that left 13 dead and more than two dozen wounded.
Gross has said he was presiding over a trial on Nov. 5, 2009, when someone handed him a note instructing him to take a recess immediately. He said he then called his wife, who was shopping on the post with some other relatives, but they were fine and left before Fort Hood was locked down.
Gross said he hasn’t read news articles about Hasan’s background, hasn’t heard statements made at different Fort Hood ceremonies by President Barack Obama and then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, and has never seen Fort Hood’s memorial to the victims.
Source: Angela K. Brown for the Associated Press.