Could Nadal Hasan Become the 1st Soldier Put to Death in 50 Years?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

On Wednesday, army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the 2009 the Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 people.  

What comes next is the start of a lengthy appeals process that could ultimately test the military’s historic relationship with the death penalty.

If Hasan is put to death, he would become the first military service member to be executed since 1961.  

Geoffrey S. Corn, a former Army prosecutor and defense lawyer, and a professor at the South Texas College of Law, looks at why there have been no military executions in the last 50 years—and whether Hasan's case could change history.


Geoffrey S. Corn

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Jeffrey Silverstein from New York City

As Hassan had spcifically noted that he wants to be a martyr, I would vote for life imprisonment simply to deny him that satisfaction.

Aug. 29 2013 03:47 PM
colin from philadelphia pennsylvania

the lawyer on the show spoke of hassan's lack of remorse or regret as a justification for the death penalty. this judgement of emotional reaction in no way represents our rule of law. we must not punish anyone for emotional or mental states, only for material breaches of laws! i think this interview indicates a fundamental injustice in our legal system against those with brain disorders! no wonder our menatally ill crowd our prisons!

Aug. 29 2013 01:32 PM

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