Thursday, Aug. 15, testimony in the Nidal Hasan court martial continued at the Lawrence H. Williams Judicial Center in Fort Hood, Texas with day eight of proceedings. News 8 reports on Thursday that Judge Osborn ruled late Wednesday that prosecutors will not be allowed to see Hasan’s full sanity board report.
The report was conducted in 2010 and was used to declare Hasan mentally fit for court martial. His civilian lawyer has released some of that report to the media which contained Hasan’s description of his intentions for the massacre and why he chose to commit it. The army major describes himself in the report as being “focused with a mission to accomplish.” He described his mission as being “to kill American soldiers before they deployed to kill Muslims overseas.” He said that he was prepared to accept a death sentence which would make him a martyr.
The military justice system is extremely watchful of proceedings, insuring they are handled appropriately. Throughout this court martial, lead prosecutor Col. Michael Mulligan has been watchful of any mistakes or oversights that could be used in future appeals. “Prosecutors know that their biggest hurdle likely isn't securing a conviction and death sentence, but rather making it through the military's appeals courts — which have overturned most death sentences they've reviewed,” write Nomaan Merchant and Michael Graczyk for Associated Press.
Thursday’s proceedings focused additionally on medical personnel. Jury panelists heard more graphic testimony as prosecutors questioned the experts on autopsies on the victims of the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009. Their testimony was followed by approximately 12 witnesses testifying about Hasan’s motives for the massacre. At this point, more than 70 witnesses have testified for the prosecution.
Still to come are the first responders. It is expected that the two officers who first responded and shot Hasan, paralyzing and finally stopping him in the process of completing “his mission,” will be the last to testify for the prosecution. It has been estimated that it could happen Monday or Tuesday of next week. It is uncertain, at this time, whether Hasan will take the stand after the prosecution rests.
More testimonies and chilling descriptions of the massacre are available at WFAA.com.