August 23, 2013 |
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - A military jury Friday sentenced Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Bales, 40, entered the guilty plea in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. During his court-martial sentencing hearing here Thursday, Bales had apologized for his actions. He described the killings as an "act of cowardice, behind a mask of fear. " The six-member military jury deliberated less than two hours Friday morning after closing arguments.
August 21, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas -- After years of delays, the case of accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan could soon be in the hands of a military jury. Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday and Hasan, who is representing himself, was expected to decide Wednesday whether to call witnesses or testify himself. The Army psychiatrist faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in connection with the shooting at this central Texas Army base on Nov. 5, 2009.
August 20, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas -- Military prosecutors may rest their case Tuesday in the court martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan for his 2009 shooting rampage that left 13 soldiers dead. Hasan, 42, faces 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder in connection with the attack Nov. 5, 2009. If convicted by the military jury of 13 officers, all of whom are Hasan's rank or higher, he could face a death sentence. Since the trial started two weeks ago, more than 80 witnesses have testified and hundreds of pieces of evidence have been presented.
August 11, 2013 |
The jury that will decide the fate of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of gunning down fellow soldiers at this central Texas military base, is an elite group of Army officers operating under a military legal system that must strike a delicate balance. Military law and courtroom rules strive to promote fairness to the defendant and free inquiry among jurors of varying ranks, despite constant reminders of the importance of rank, right down to the jurors' seating arrangements. Military law also guarantees that there will not be a hung jury.
August 6, 2013 |
FT. HOOD, Texas -- The military jury that will decide the fate of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of gunning down fellow soldiers in a bloody rampage at this military base, is an elite group -- all officers of his rank or higher. Drawn from throughout the Army, the jury includes nine colonels, three lieutenant colonels and one major flown in from bases across the country. They will operate under rules that prevent hung juries and that encourage officers of differing ranks to speak freely and as equals once deliberations begin. The jurors have worked as engineers and logistics specialists and in military intelligence, aviation, chemicals, ordnance, air defense artillery and the signal corps.
October 16, 2012 |
A federal appeals court in Washington overturned the conviction of Salim Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden, and ruled military tribunals were not authorized to try prisoners suspected of providing material support to terrorist groups before 2006. In a 3-0 ruling, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that material support for terrorism was not a crime under international law when Hamdan worked for Al Qaeda. “If the government wanted to charge Hamdan with aiding and abetting terrorism or some other war crime that was sufficiently rooted in the international law of war at the time of Hamdan's conduct, it should have done so,” wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh.