Stars & Stripes reports prosecutors have notified MAJ Hasan’s defense counsel that the U.S. will seek the death penalty [expanded]
According to this Stars & Stripes report, “Army prosecutors have sent a notice that they plan to seek the death penalty against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of the Fort Hood shootings, according to Hasan’s attorney, John Galligan.”
(One of our readers provides a link to the document that Mr. Galligan references, here.)
But here’s a warning: much of the information in the article is just plain wrong. Things start to go off track with this:
The military last executed an inmate nearly 40 years ago.
The execution took place on April 13, 1961, when U.S. Army Pvt. John A. Bennett was hanged after being convicted of the rape and attempted murder of an 11-year-old Austrian girl.
Uhm, April 13, 1961 was more than 49 years ago, not “nearly 40 years ago.” Things get worse after that, since at least that error is self-evident. But I’m not going to squander my time cataloguing all of the errors in the article. Bottom line: don’t rely on the information in this article. (That said, it’s a pretty good bet the government will seek death in the Hasan case.)