Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hasan Could Get Death Penalty, Needs Presidential Approval

The whole Fort Hood massacre issue makes me more and more sad as the days wear on.

I sent an email to some of my blogger pals earlier today asking them to please consider listing the death toll at Ft. Hood as 14. Private Francheska Velez was three months pregnant, and I didn't want the death of her baby to be overlooked. Right Guy asked a great question in his reply that begged looking into, and I told him I'd try to find an answer.

The question was in regards to something he had heard about Obama having to sign off on the execution of Nidal Malik Hasan should the turd get the death penalty. I wish I hadn't found the answer.

According to an article by the AP, the bulk of the case against Hasan could be decided by the commander of Ft. Hood, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, in a military trial. The jury would consist of 12 officers of higher rank or seniority, and they would all have to agree on the verdict and death sentence. Only a three-fourths consensus is needed to impose a life sentence.

Should the jury do the right thing and hand down a death sentence, military protocol dictates that to carry out a military execution, the POTUS (in this case POSOTUS -- Piece Of S*** of the United States) must sign off on it.

From the AP:

The president's involvement also sets military death-penalty cases apart. The president can commute any federal death sentence, civilian or military but must personally approve each military execution and sign an order to carry it out. [Emphasis mine--blackandgoldfan]

Considering the sympathy Obamarx has shown to the Muslim world, what do you think the chances are of THAT happening? I'd be voted Playmate of the Year before BHO would turn on a Muslim brother.

Being that involvement in a military execution is required by the president, that makes it a political issue. Given his political track record, who do you think Dear Leader would side with? Those of us who believe in justice or the whining left who thinks we need to "understand" Hasan?

The trial may not start for months as military prosecutors build a solid case. That would put the start of such a trial in at LEAST 2010 or possibly early 2011. What happens in 2012? If you said the world is set to end, you are an alarmist. If you said "Presidential election," put a Black and Gold star on your chart for the day.

In the past 25 years, only 15 people have been given a federal death sentence. Of that fifteen, two were commuted by commanding generals, and eight were thrown out on appeal. One of those that was carried out was that of Timothy McVeigh. That leaves four people who may yet be awaiting a date with the needle.

Let's make it five.

(HUGE h/t to Right Guy! Great job!)


j summ said...

i'm not certain, but i think federal law prohibits the execution of an inmate who is ill or injured (this guy is supposed to be paralyzed)cause it's "cruel and unusual punishment". forget about the 14 dead and almost forty with visible wounds, no one wants to kill a sick puppy.

Ran said...

I've got a great idea: Classify Hasan as a 120th trimester post-partem FETUS. That way The Won can tell himself that Hasan's execution would merely be an "abortion."

blackandgoldfan said...

I'll look into it, jsumm. To me, the difference is that his "paralysis" is the result of an action he committed when he WASN'T paralyzed. If I were a prosecutor, I'd drive that point home.

I'll definitely look, though. Thanks!

blackandgoldfan said...

Excellent idea, Ran.

That would be the ONLY abortion I'd be in favor of.

Andrew33 said...

The only reason Obama would give this guy the death penalty would be to hide his involvement or knowledge in this. Have any of you ever looked into McVeigh's involvement with Al Qaeda operatives? The bomb used in OK City was an An Qaeda design. Mc Veigh was also seen with "hispanic looking" people before that one, of course Janet Reno buried most of that info.

blackandgoldfan said...

ANDREW!!! Hope all is well, pal.

You are spot on. It's amazing that the "John Doe #2" (Andreas Strassmeir) issue in the OC bombing was swept under the rug that quickly. Janet Reno and the Clintons had their hands VERY dirty in that affair.

Bungalow Bill said...

I wonder how many officers we have that are Muslim that could sit on that jury. Something to think about. It seems the jihadist have infiltrated far deeper than anyone imagined.

Bungalow Bill said...

If J Summ is correct, bed sores at the expense of the tax payer will be the results until one big infection finally consumes his body.

blackandgoldfan said...

BB: Very interesting point that I missed. Thanks for bringing it up!

I've found nothing yet that has indicated that a paralyzed inmate cannot get the death penalty. In fact, an inmate is chemically paralyzed right before the fatal cocktail.

The Right Guy said...

The true fatal cocktail is that he would probably go to Leavenworth, which is a military prison, run by well, the Army. What kind of treatment would he get there? It might be worse than dying.

blackandgoldfan said...

RG: While I agree with your point, I just have issues with him taking up perfectly good air that someone else could be using.

It may be run by the Army, but if the confined soldiers got hold of him in gen pop, instant death penalty. Payback's can be a bitch.