JUSTICE

Death Penalty in Fort Hood Case: Gov't

A general has decided that Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 at Fort Hood in 2009, can face the death penalty. Hasan’s government-appointed lawyer had argued against the death penalty, saying it was too time consuming and expensive, and that a life sentence should be the maximum penalty. Hasan, an American Muslim who was reportedly in contact with Islamic extremists overseas, including Anwar al-Awlaki, was set to ship out from the Texas base to Afghanistan when he allegedly walked through a building and fired more than 140 shots, killing 13. Hasan was partially paralyzed in a firefight with police.