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.