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.
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
“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.”
No real surprises – Defense Motion for Continuance will be separately addressed in another pretrial session next week.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 2, 2012 10:14:57 AM CDT
Military judge approves next pre-trial hearing for Major Hasan case
FORT HOOD, Texas — At the request of prosecutors and defense counsel for Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, a half-day administrative hearing will begin at 10 a.m. April 4 in the Lawrence J. Williams Judicial Center.
Both parties in the case of the United States vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan will go on the record in open court before Military Judge Col. Gregory Gross to litigate pending motions brought by defense. The newest motions concern if defense should receive expert assistance at government expense for a forensic pathologist and remaining issues concerning the military’s capital procedures. Other motions may also be filed by either side for litigation at this hearing, and the military judge may also put other matters on the record at the hearing.
The accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Media who plan to cover the hearing must register here.
On the date for the event, satellite trucks should report to the Fort Hood Clarke Road Gate on West Highway 190 at 6 a.m. Truck registration ends at 6:45 a.m. All others should check in to the Fort Hood visitor’s center, from 8-9 a.m. for final registration. All media should be prepared to show a U.S. driver’s license with photo and an accredited press badge with photo.
For more information contact:
Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
fax: (254) 288-2750
Fort Hood, TX 76522