On Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, reported Fox News, a jury panel of 13 military officers unanimously found Muslim Army Major Nidal Hasan "Guilty," on all charges, a total of 12 counts of premeditated murder plus 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30. It only took the panel a little over six hours to return with their verdict.
Family and victims of the Fort Hood 2009 killing spree who longed for the radical psychiatrist Hasan to be tried as a terrorist for terrorism may find comfort in a different sort of justice, death by lethal injection. However, the trial of Hasan enters the sentencing stage on Monday and death is not the only option open.
It has been a dramatic three weeks, the time the Hasan military trial was ongoing, with Hasan representing himself. His opening statement was just two minutes long and he chose not to deliver a closing statement. Actually, Hasan participated very little, only cross examined three of the 89 prosecution witnesses, and he did not call any witnesses in his defense.
No matter how much the loved ones of Hasan's victims may yearn to see him die, a life-sentence remains a possibility. Arguably, a life sentence would deny Hasan his stated desire for the Islamic status of martyr; therefore, living could ultimately be the most agonizing sentence of all.