Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood shootings

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Published: 28 August 2013 10:44 AM
Updated: 28 August 2013 02:09 PM



FORT HOOD -- A military court on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he appeared to crave in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The same jurors who convicted Hasan last week had just two options: either agree unanimously that Hasan should die or watch the 42-year-old get an automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.

Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than half a century. But because the military justice system requires a lengthy appeals process, years or even decades could pass before he is put to death.

The lead prosecutor assured jurors that Hasan would "never be a martyr" despite his attempt to tie the attack to religion.

"He is a criminal. He is a cold-blooded murderer," Col. Mike Mulligan said Wednesday in his final plea for a rare military death sentence. "This is not his gift to God. This is his debt to society. This is the cost of his murderous rampage."

For nearly four years, the federal government has sought to execute Hasan, believing that any sentence short of a lethal injection would deny justice to the families of the dead and the survivors who had believed they were safe behind the gates of the Texas base.

And for just as long, Hasan has seemed content to go to the death chamber for his beliefs. He fired his own attorneys to represent himself, barely put up a defense during a three-week trial and made almost no effort to have his life spared.

Mulligan reminded the jury that Hasan was a trained doctor yet opened fire on defenseless comrades. He "only dealt death," the prosecutor said, so the only appropriate sentence is death.

He was never allowed to argue in front of the jury that the shooting was necessary to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from American troops. During the trial, Hasan leaked documents to journalists that revealed him telling military mental health workers in 2010 that he could "still be a martyr" if executed.

When Hasan began shooting, the troops were standing in long lines to receive immunizations and doctors' clearance. Thirteen people were killed and more than were 30 wounded. All but one of the dead were soldiers, including a pregnant private who curled on the floor and pleaded for her baby's life.

The attack ended only when Hasan was shot in the back by an officer responding to the shooting. Hasan is now paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair.

The military called nearly 90 witnesses at the trial and more during the sentencing phase. But Hasan rested his case without calling a single person to testify in his defense and made no closing argument. Even with his life at stake during the sentencing hearing, he made no attempt to question witnesses and gave no final statement to jurors.

Death sentences are rare in the military, which has just five other prisoners on death row. The cases trigger a long appeals process. And the president must give final authorization before any service member is executed. No American soldier has been executed since 1961.

Hasan spent weeks planning the Nov. 5, 2009, attack, including buying the handgun and videotaping a sales clerk showing him how to change the magazine.

He later plunked down $10 at a gun range outside Austin and asked for pointers on how to reload with speed and precision. An instructor said he told Hasan to practice while watching TV or sitting on his couch with the lights off.

When the time came, Hasan stuffed paper towels in the pockets of his cargo pants to muffle the rattling of extra ammo and avoid arousing suspicion. Soldiers testified that Hasan's rapid reloading made it all but impossible to stop him. Investigators recovered 146 shell casings in the medical building and dozens more outside, where Hasan shot at the backs of soldiers fleeing toward the parking lot.

In court, Hasan never played the role of an angry extremist. He didn't get agitated or raise his voice. He addressed the judge as "ma'am" and occasionally whispered "thank you" when prosecutors, in accordance with the rules of evidence, handed Hasan red pill bottles that rattled with bullet fragments removed from those who were shot.


http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20130828-hasan-sentenced-to-death-for-fort-hood-shootings.ece
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63Wildcat

It will be quite awhile before this one is executed. The military legal process is quite different than civilian.
"..the death of any public servant or innocent is a tragedy... the death of a murderer is a mere statistic..."  -63Wildcat

AS OF TOMORROW I'M TURNING GRAVITY OFF...

turboprinz

Fort Hood killer Hasan arrives at death row in Kansas

Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:05pm EDT

(Reuters) - Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death for the massacre of 13 soldiers at a Texas Army base, on Friday began his residency on death row at the military's maximum-security facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, a prison spokeswoman said.

Hasan is being confined in the "death sentence inmate housing unit" that is part of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Leavenworth, said Kimberly Lewis, spokeswoman for the prison.

The death sentence will be automatically appealed to the U.S. Army Criminal Court of Appeals, and then to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces - as is required in the military justice system, Lewis said.

Hasan, 42, was sentenced to death August 28 for a bloody 2009 rampage that killed 13 unarmed soldiers and wounded 31 others. The sentence includes forfeiture of all of Hasan's pay and allowances, and dismissal from the service.

There has not been a U.S. military execution since 1961, and approval from the President is required. In addition to Hasan, there are five military prisoners on death row at the USDB, including former airman Andrew Witt, whose sentence for murdering a fellow airman and his wife in 2004 has been overturned by a military appeals court. He remains on death row while the government considers whether to appeal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/30/us-usa-crime-forthood-idUSBRE97T0VV20130830
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turboprinz

Fort Hood shooter's jail requests: Bible, cheese source
December 30, 2013

DALLAS (AP) -- The former Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood made several requests of the Texas jail where he was held before he stood trial, including one for a copy of the Bible and another for the name of the company that made the cheese in his sandwiches.

Nidal Hasan was held at the Bell County Jail for nearly 4 years before his August court-martial for the 2009 attack at the Army post. Hasan was convicted and sentenced to death.

Hasan filed 21 requests with the jail while awaiting trial, KXAS-TV in Dallas reported.

In April, Hasan asked: "Please tell me the name of the company that produces the white cheese on my sandwiches; also the type of cheese i.e. mozzarella."

Hasan is a Muslim who insisted on keeping a beard during his trial as an expression of his faith. John Galligan, his civil attorney, told the television station that Hasan was likely concerned about whether his food was being prepared according to Islamic dietary standards.

Hasan also asked the jail for a copy of the Bible and added, "Please send a knowledgeable person to answer my difficult questions as well as a paperback copy for my personal use."

Galligan and one of Hasan's military lawyers, Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, said they thought Hasan was studying the Bible from an Islamic perspective.

Hasan also wanted a clock to track his daily prayer times as a Muslim.

The costs of jailing Hasan included a guard to watch him at least 12 hours a day and daily helicopter rides from the jail to the Fort Hood courthouse during his trial.

Galligan has accused the Army of "overkill" in trying and convicting Hasan, who is now on military death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

"I mean, it's just a bunch of overkill," Galligan said. "Overreach. Unnecessary funds that were spent."

Hasan walked into a Fort Hood medical readiness building in November 2009 carrying two guns and several magazines of ammunition. He shouted "Allahu Akbar!" -- Arabic for "God is great!" -- and opened fire on soldiers awaiting medical tests and vaccines.

Hasan described himself at trial as a soldier who "switched sides" in a supposed war between America and Islam. Government lawyers also said Hasan did not want to go on an impending deployment to Afghanistan.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/30/fort-hood-shooters-jail-requests-bible-cheese/4247987/
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Elric of Melnibone

Just walk him into a field and put a bullet in the back of his head and be done with it...
You can lead an ass to water and if you fight long and hard, you can make it drink.  But at the end of the day, after all the fighting, it is still an ass.

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turboprinz

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan appears in court long after death sentence
29 January 2015
Army psychiatrist to appear in court again almost 18 months after he was sentenced in the killing of 13 people in rampage at Texas army base

An army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at a Texas army base is set to appear in court.

Nidal Hasan is scheduled to attend a hearing Thursday at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is being held on military death row. Army officials say the judge, Colonel Tara Osborn, wants to review "routine matters" in Hasan's case.

Among those issues is who defends Hasan during his appeals. His lead defense counsel is now an army judge but has continued to represent him.

Officials at Fort Hood have yet to review Hasan's case nearly 18 months after he was sentenced to death.

That review is one of several mandatory steps in military death penalty cases.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/29/fort-hood-shooter-nidal-hasan-death-sentence-review
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