Month: April 2012

Military Judge Unfairly Denies Hasan’s DIVO Request

Military Judge Unfairly Denies Hasan’s DIVO Request

Incredibly, the military judge denied a well-based Defense request for appointment of a Defense Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) Specialist.   Let’s not forget that Army prosecutors had no difficulty in securing a new Victim Witness Liaison Specialist who basically works for Government counsel.  The sheer number of alleged victims in the case –  together with the large number of…

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Fort Hood PAO Release Re: Pretrial Hearing

Fort Hood PAO Release Re: Pretrial Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2012 3:48:57 PM CDT Military judge rules on April 10 pre-trial motions in Major Hasan case FORT HOOD, Texas – In the case of U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the trial judge, Col. Gregory Gross, heard arguments from both sides regarding pending motions April 10 in the Lawrence J. Williams Judicial…

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A Not So Complimentary Look At Military Sanity Boards

A Not So Complimentary Look At Military Sanity Boards

According to some experts, though, sanity boards are hardly as rigorous as they ought to be, and — especially in high-profile cases — are often rushed processes that rely on inadequate information. Largely, the experts allege, that’s because military brass want to minimize the focus on their own failings where mental health is concerned. http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/04/bales-sanity-board/all/1

Another State Moves To End Death Penalty

Another State Moves To End Death Penalty

Death penalty opponents say it just doesn’t work in Connecticut. One person has been executed in the past 50 years, after the inmate waived his right to appeal. State Sen. Eric Coleman, who led the debate for repeal, says Connecticut can’t afford to spend millions in appellate procedures for each death row inmate http://www.npr.org/2012/04/07/150199948/is-death-row-still-death-row-if-repeal-passes

Californians Push To End The Death Penalty

Californians Push To End The Death Penalty

“It’s been a colossal failure,” Mr. Heller said in his Sacramento office. “The cost of our system of capital punishment is so enormous that any benefit that could be obtained from it — and now I think there’s very little or zero benefit — is so dollar-wasteful that it serves no effective purpose.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/us/fighting-to-repeal-california-execution-law-they-championed.html?_r=2

A Few Motions Handled At Hasan Article 39a Session

A Few Motions Handled At Hasan Article 39a Session

No real surprises – Defense Motion for Continuance will be separately addressed in another pretrial session next week. http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/146143025.html http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-crime-fort-hoodbre83318m-20120404,0,5922307.story http://www.wtsp.com/news/national/article/248888/81/Alleged-Fort-Hood-shooter-seeks-trial-delay-again