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April 5, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
His words leave little doubt about his role. It is his punishment that remains uncertain. Four years ago, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed not only brazenly portrayed himself as mastermind of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The senior Al Qaeda operative also bragged to a U.S. military tribunal that he had directed other major terrorist attacks around the globe. Mohammed claimed responsibility for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, for the "shoe bomber" attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner in 2001, for the deadly bombing of a nightclub in Indonesia, for planned assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II and President Clinton, and for aborted attacks in London, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere.
August 28, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas -- A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to death in connection with the mass shooting at this central Texas Army post four years ago that killed 13 and wounded more than 30. Hasan, 42, an Army psychiatrist, was convicted last week of 13 counts of premeditated murder and lesser charges in connection with the attack on Nov. 5, 2009. On Wednesday, the same jury of 13 officers, all Hasan's rank or higher, deliberated about two hours before sentencing him to die. The jury president, a colonel and the highest-ranking juror, announced the sentence.
October 31, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A military jury deliberated more than five hours Saturday on the fate of former child soldier Omar Khadr, who has pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old. Khadr, now 24, has already been promised a limited sentence as part of a plea deal he agreed to Monday that would require him to spend one more year in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay. He would then be eligible to petition his native Canada for repatriation and...
August 23, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
FT. HOOD, Texas -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was convicted Friday on all 45 charges of premeditated and attempted premeditated murder in the shooting rampage at this central Texas Army post four years ago, the deadliest attack on a domestic U.S. military base. The former Army psychiatrist now faces a possible death sentence. The military jury of 13 officers deliberated about six hours on the case, ending a two-week trial in which Hasan represented himself, admitted to the shooting and largely declined to present a defense.  Prosecutors argued that the radical religious beliefs of Hasan, an American-born Muslim, led him to attack deploying soldiers.
March 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
An Army captain accused of terrorizing an Iraqi town under his supervision was convicted Wednesday of assaulting Iraqis, but acquitted of charges stemming from an alleged assault of one of his own soldiers. Capt. Shawn L. Martin was convicted of two assault counts and an aggravated assault count. A jury of seven officers found Martin not guilty of other counts of assault, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming an officer.
April 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
A military jury recommended Friday that a Marine Corps navigator be dismissed from the service for destroying a videotape he shot aboard a flight that sheared lift cables at an Italian ski resort, killing 20 people. Capt. Joseph Schweitzer could have faced up to 10 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and obstructing justice. But the sentence recommended by the nine-member jury of officers was in keeping with Schweitzer's plea agreement. Col.
November 1, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A military jury on Sunday sentenced former child soldier Omar Khadr of Canada to 40 years more imprisonment for war crimes, including the battlefield death of a U.S. soldier. The sentence was the harshest to come out of a contested military commissions trial. It was 15 years longer than even the prosecution had sought. But the sentence was essentially meaningless because a pretrial agreement, kept secret from the jury, limited Khadr's term to eight years, meaning he would have to serve only one more year in U.S. custody.
December 10, 1999 | From Associated Press
An Army private was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for bludgeoning to death a fellow soldier who had been rumored to be gay. Pvt. Calvin N. Glover, 18, was sentenced by the same court-martial panel that a day earlier convicted him of premeditated murder. The offense carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison; the only question before the military jury Thursday was whether he should be eligible for parole.
March 30, 2002
Re "Even If You Dress It Up, a Kangaroo Is Still a Kangaroo," by Jonathan Turley, Commentary, March 21, and Michael Ramirez's cartoon, March 23, on military tribunals: I must say that Ramirez got it right. This constant blathering about civil rights is losing its sting. When you whine about everything, you lose the credibility required to exact people's attention. When you consider the recent problems with the Lockerbie trial, such that complications may have caused a retrial or acquittal, it is clear.
February 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A soldier who had been charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed Iraqi was convicted by a military jury at Wheeler Army Airfield of aggravated assault. Spc. Christopher Shore had insisted that his platoon leader ordered him to kill the man on June 23 near Kirkuk, Iraq, and that he intentionally fired to miss. Aggravated assault carries a maximum of eight years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and a drop to the Army's lowest pay grade, but lawyers said Shore could receive a lighter sentence.
August 23, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - A military jury enters its second day of deliberations Friday in the murder case of Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, charged in connection with a mass shooting here four years ago that killed 13 people and wounded dozens more. Hasan, 42, faces 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. The Army psychiatrist, who represented himself at trial, admitted to the shooting in his opening statement and did little to challenge prosecutors.
August 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
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 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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.
February 19, 1986
A black sailor was sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a white lieutenant in the back aboard a Navy frigate at sea. Petty Officer 3rd Class Mitchell T. Garraway Jr. was spared the death penalty by an eight-member military jury that deliberated four hours. The same panel convicted Garraway, 22, of Suitland, Md., on Jan. 30 of premeditated murder in the slaying of Lt. James K. Sterner with a foot-long Marine survival knife.
December 7, 2007 | Tony Perry
A military jury Thursday ordered a Marine sergeant to receive a reprimand and be demoted to corporal for his guilty plea in the death of another Marine during a 2002 training exercise. The jury rejected a request from prosecutors to order that Sgt. Cody Ottley receive a bad-conduct discharge. Ottley admitted that he mistakenly put live ammunition into his rifle rather than blanks.
October 16, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano and Joseph Serna
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.
September 13, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A military jury at San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base sentenced a boot camp instructor to a year in prison after finding him guilty on charges of having an unprofessional relationship with a trainee, violating an order from his commander and obstructing justice. Staff Sgt. Kwinton Estacio, 29, had faced up to 13 years in prison. The jury imposed the sentence late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, jurors acquitted Estacio of unwanted sexual contact, Lackland spokesman Brent Boller told The Times.
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