Prosecutors in the Ft Hood shooting case wanted to produce evidence as to Nidal Hasan's motive for his killing rampage, but they were blocked by Judge Col. Tara Osborn. Judge Osborne refused to let prosecutors produce witnesses or present emails, proving the case was a terrorist act. The Obama administration has labeled it, "workplace violence".
The attack was originally labeled a terrorist attack by the NCTC, but someone up the chain of command, changed it to workplace violence, which has angered many of the victims who are deprived of many of the benefits they would be entitled to as a terrorist act.
The prosecutors had hinted that between 15 and 25 witnesses would have testified. The judges ruling may mean that none will be called to testify and Hasan could be ready to call his witnesses this week. He has said he only has two witnesses.
Hasan is eligible for the death sentence, but only if all 13 judges agree that it was premeditated murder and they also agree that a death sentence is the appropriate punishment. Hasan allegedly murdered 13 and wounded more than 30, in his 2009 rampage.
The judge also did not let prosecutors bring up the case of Hasan Akbar, a Muslim soldier, who was sentenced to death for the 2003 attack on his fellow soldiers in Kuwait. The prosecution wanted to show the parallel between the two cases. The judge ruled that Akbar was not on trial.