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Judge Won’t Let Ft. Hood Shooter Plead Guilty

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Judge won’t let Fort Hood suspect plead guilty

March 20, 2013

FORT HOOD, Texas – An Army psychiatrist will not be allowed to plead guilty to any charges in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Is it just us or has our entire judicial system gone bat guano crazy?

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s attorneys previously said he was ready to plead guilty to the 13 counts of premeditated murder he faces in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation, but Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea to charges that carry the death penalty.

Why? Who snuck in this nonsense?

Defense attorneys then asked that Hasan be allowed to plead guilty to 13 counts of unpremeditated murder, which does not carry the death penalty…

But the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, ruled Hasan cannot plead guilty to those lesser charges or the 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder that he also faces.

Why? Has our system of justice really been this perverted?

He still would have been tried on the premeditated murder charges, so pleading guilty to the attempted premeditated murder charges could have been used against him at trial, Osborn said…

Nonsense. Any prior guilty plea to other murders could have been kept out of this later trial. But, come to think of it, why should it be?

She also said he would not be allowed to plead guilty to unpremeditated murder and unpremeditated attempted murder, because that "would be the functional equivalent of pleading guilty to a capital offense." …

It is not the "functional equivalent" if it doesn’t carry the death penalty, which is the crucial point here.

Hasan’s court-martial is to start with jury selection May 29 and with testimony July 1 on the Texas Army post…

Hopefully, this judge will be removed before it starts. But she won’t be.

And the endless destruction of system of justice continues apace.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Judge Won’t Let Ft. Hood Shooter Plead Guilty”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    It’s been 5 years! Just shoot this f¥ck€r already!

  2. bousquem25 says:

    Maybe the only good thing about this ruling is that if he now gets convicted he can get a needle in the arm instead of sitting in prison wasting tax payer dollars. Too bad the army doesn’t have hanging or firing squad as methods of execution anymore.

  3. canary says:

    Yet, that Army Private Wiki Leaks could receive the death penalty. So much for swift Justice.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    It’s the Obama administration. They can’t take “yes” as an answer.

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