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August 25, 2013

A Speedy and Public Trial, I Promise?

Filed under: History,The Law — Steve Ruis @ 10:03 am
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You may recall the Fort Hood Massacre in which a Army officer decided to try to kill as many soldiers as he could. After shooting and killing dozens of soldiers he was brought down by return fire and captured alive. Now, since these events were witnessed by all kinds of people, what we have here is called an “open and shut” case, a “piece of cake.”

So why has it taken since November 2009 until now to get a verdict? Four effing years? On an open and shut case?

The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution promises:
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

It seems that any high profile trial now takes forever. The actual “trial” in this case took 17 days, so what happened for the other 1400 odd days? Sheesh.


  1. I think the biggest reason for the delay was to get the injured Ft. Hood shooter back to a state of health where he could stand trial. But clearly this was a no-brainer. Nadal Hassan himself admitted to being the shooter and had every intent on being executed but for something that he viewed as an “honorable” jihad, not a senseless murder rampage that we see it as.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — August 25, 2013 @ 10:22 am | Reply

    • I believe he was in the hospital for only a small fraction of that time. The rest of the time was taken up with motions to represent himself (why this was even considered, I do not know), asking the judge to recuse himslef, etc.

      Don’t get me wrong, I want to get these things right, but four years is a sizeable length of time. What if he had gotten a two year sentence? Could we have given back two years of incarceration?Things are hot here in IL, I hope they are cooler down your way in Texas.


      Comment by stephenpruis — August 25, 2013 @ 10:41 am | Reply

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