NEW ORLEANS (July 11, 2013)—The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who’s charged in the deadly November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, cannot obtain evidence that was obtained through secret electronic surveillance.
The appeals court also denied Hasan’s motion to suppress the evidence the government plans to use against him.
The court's ruling Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling issued before Hasan was granted permission to serve as his own attorney.
The appeals court said denying Hasan access to evidence obtained through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA doesn't violate his legal rights.
The selection of a jury panel for Hasan’s court-martial started Tuesday.
Ten of the required 13 jurors have been selected.
The process continues on Monday.
Hasan goes on trial on Aug. 6.
If convicted, he faces either execution or life in prison without the possibility of parole.