Answer: The US Army and its designated team of prosecutors have determined that this case will be handled as “a capital” (i.e. death penalty) case.
Although US Army prosecutors will refuse to comment and the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office (PAO) will issue some innocuous statement to the effect that this is just a “regular military justice action”, the simple fact is that the US Army and the most senior levels of the US Government have decided that this case will be disposed of in a capital setting?
What does that mean? What will that cost? And what will be the impact on future military justice cases? For an answer to these troubling and important questions – stay tuned to this website.