News / USA

    Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced to Death

    U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shown as the guilty verdict is read at his court martial, Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 27, 2013.
    U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shown as the guilty verdict is read at his court martial, Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 27, 2013.
    A military jury has sentenced Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people in the November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. 

    The decision Wednesday for the death penalty came after only a few hours of deliberation following the closing summation by the prosecution. Hasan, who has represented himself throughout the trial, declined to speak.

    Since the decision had to be unanimous, it was unclear what the jury would decide, according to Geoffrey Corn, a former military prosecutor who teaches at the South Texas College of Law in Houston. "There was always the possibility that, even though the evidence was compelling, that one member might decide, for whatever reason, they did not want a death penalty in this case," he explained. "Obviously, that did not occur, but it was always a possibility."

    In cases where the death penalty has been applied, military law requires an appellate process in which appointed attorneys challenge the outcome.

    Geoffrey Corn said Hasan's dismissal of his attorneys and their standby role during the proceedings could be examined in the appellate courts. "The defense lawyers were arguing throughout the trial that they should be given more authority in the case to protect his interests. But the law is clear; they do not have that right, he has that right.  Nonetheless, on appeal, you can bet that the appellate lawyers are going to be asking the courts to revisit that relationship," he said.

    Corn said the case contrasts American principles with the convicted killer's mindset.  Corn notes that a policeman shot Hasan to stop his attack, but did not kill him once he was down.  Instead, he and one of the men Hasan had been trying to kill saved his life.  The Army then provided him medical care and a fair trial.

    "I think one of the untold stories of this case is the victory of reason over power -- or humanity over depravity.  Our nation was founded on the belief that reason must prevail over power and that is what this process was about and that is what should give us confidence in the outcome," stated Corn.  

    Hasan will be transferred to a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he will remain as the appeals go forward.  The mandatory appeal process will likely take around four years, but other appeals could follow.  If Hasan's death sentence is carried out, it would be the first time for the U.S. military since 1961.

    You May Like

    Self-doubt, Cultural Barriers Hinder Cambodian Women in Tech

    Longtime Cambodian tech observer Sok Sikieng says that although more women have joined profession in recent years, there remain significant factors hindering women from reaching tech potential

    Trans-Adriatic Pipeline to Boost European Energy Security

    $4.5 billion-pipeline will become operational in 2020 and will deliver gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz II field to southern Italy

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Annual festival showcases the region's harvested agriculture, fine wines and offers opportunities to experience the gentle breeze in a hot air balloon flight

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: brian from: Durban South Africa
    August 29, 2013 2:01 AM
    He has been found guilty, he himself admits he is guilty so put him down like any other rabid dog!

    by: ali baba from: new york
    August 28, 2013 4:27 PM
    this is a great verdict to send a clear message that people will not tolerated criminal like him. He has to be rested with 72 virgins

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora