Good News: Fort Hood Shooter Eligible For The Death Penalty
Remember Nidal Hasan? He was the Army psychiatrist who had SOA (Soldier of Allah) printed on his US Military provided business cards. When he opened fire at Fort Hood in 2009 killing 13 people, President Obama urged people to not rush to judgement. Too bad law abiding American gun owners don’t get the same defense from their president these days.
The good news? Hasan is eligible for the death penalty.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the LA Times reports…
Death penalty remains in Ft. Hood shooting case, judge rules
HOUSTON — A military judge Wednesday ruled that an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas would still face a possible death sentence at court-martial, potentially barring a guilty plea.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 42, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in connection with the rampage at the Army base, the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation.
His lawyers had asked the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, to remove the death penalty in the case, setting the stage for a possible guilty plea. A guilty plea, however, is not allowed in military court if the defendant faces a possible death sentence.
By the way, have you heard that the office Obama established to close Gitmo is… closing?