Meanwhile in the real world:
Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist convicted in the November 2009
shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 31 wounded, was sentenced to
death Wednesday by a military jury.
Prosecutors had sought the
death penalty, saying Hasan's murderous rampage at the sprawling
military base here left tragic and devastating loss for victims and
Hasan, 42, was convicted last week on 13 counts of
premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder. He
appeared expressionless upon hearing the verdict, which came less than
two hours of deliberations.
The death sentence required a
unanimous verdict by the jury of 13 military officers. At minimum, Hasan
faced life imprisonment. Still, while Hasan could be the first
serviceman executed by the military since 1961, the appellate process
could take years.
Before an execution date is set, there will be
automatic appeals at military courts for the Army and the armed forces,
said Victor Hansen, a military law expert at the New England School of
Law. Hasan could also ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case and
file motions in federal court. Moreover, the president must eventually
sign off on a military death sentence, which would be carried out by
Of course I fully expect the blank file in the White House to not sign off on the death sentence.