Ft. Hood Judge Refuses to Remove Death Penalty
Also denies Nidal Hasan's request to change venue
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2013 2:37 AM CDT
In this courtroom sketch, US Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, center foreground, is seen sitting between members of his defense team during a hearing in Fort Hood, Texas, Dec. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

(Newser) – A military judge is looking to move the three-plus-year-old case against the accused Fort Hood shooter forward, ruling last night that, in accordance with Army rules, Maj. Nidal Hasan cannot enter guilty pleas in exchange for stripping the death penalty from the case. Judge Tara Osborn also refused Hasan's request for a change of venue, notes Reuters, and has set jury selection for his court martial for May. "I think she is sensitive to the fact that this has dragged on for a long time, and it's time to get this case to trial," says a law professor.

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Mar 21, 2013 11:39 AM CDT
Why wouldn't he want to die and be with Allah instead of rotting in prison?
Mar 21, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
this scum should be a long time dead by now!!!! our "system" is FUBAR TO THE MAX!!!!!
Mar 21, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
One thing most people don't realize here is that Uniform Code of Military Justice is the law of the land for all members of our military. It trumps some civil and criminal laws and protections, deals with things civil and criminal law does not address and provides the basis for application of court proceedings. All members of the military are bound by this and know this quiet well. Another thing to remember is that these are people who signed up for the military and are not forced into it by draft. So before commenting on how unfair this is remember those points; let the military handle this trial by their rules, as they have since the armed forces have come into being in this country. If anyone is interested, here is a good site with at least a rough outline of the Code: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/ucmj.htm