Not that this is a surprise, but news outlets are reporting that the military judge serving as the investigating officer in the Ft. Hood case of Major Hasan recommends the case be referred to trial. While the news is vague, it’s a sure bet that the recommendation is that the charges be referred to a general court-martial.

The Article 32 report will first go to the unit commander, who will undoubtedly forward the report to the general court-martial convening authority for action. It’s all but certain that Major Hasan will face a general court-martial referred as a capital case when this process ends.

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