From Fox News: The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood rampage in Texas will be court-martialed and face the death penalty, Fox News confirms.
Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 shooting spree at the Texas Army post.
It was not immediately clear when Hasan will be arraigned in a Fort Hood courtroom. He must plead not guilty based on the nature of the case, according to military law.
Hasan's lead attorney, John Galligan, had urged the commanding general not to seek the death penalty, saying such cases were more costly, time-consuming and restrictive. In cases where death is not a punishment option for military jurors, soldiers convicted of capital murder are automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Galligan told Fox News on Wednesday that it has long been the "intent" of the Army to treat Hasan this way. He also said he was "surprised" and "disturbed" that the news media learned of the decision before he and his client did.
Two Army colonels who reviewed the case previously recommended that Hasan be tried in a military court and face the death penalty.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/06/accused-fort-hood-shooter-to-have-military-trial-will-face-death-penalty/#ixzz1RMvVIq1q
Make no mistake, Hasan is a terrorist and he should receive the death penalty if convicted. These were premediated muders and Hasan killed these 13 people in the name of Islam, that supposed religion of peace.
Because this is a military court martial, the U.S. Department of Justice does not intervene, at least that is what I hope happens. If the DOJ intervenes, then who knows what will happen.
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