Washington (CNN) -- A military judge has denied a request to close an upcoming hearing for the man accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood to media and the public, his attorney said Thursday.
John Galligan, the defense lawyer for Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, said the prosecution opposed the motion to close the Article 32 hearing, which is the military equivalent of a civilian grand jury.
Galligan said he requested the move because of concern about "prejudicial" publicity, which he feels has pervaded coverage of the case already.
"We've had Obama to Oprah weighing in on this case," Galligan said, referring to President Obama and the popular talk show host, Oprah Winfrey.
Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of murder in the November 2009 shootings at the Army base in central Texas. Galligan, a retired colonel with three decades of experience as an Army lawyer, said the Army officers responsible for prosecuting the case have indicated they will seek the death penalty.