I can understand a lawyer trying to avoid the death penalty for his client; it’s what he’s paid to do. But in cases like this one, where the evidence is so overwhelming that there will be little room left for leniency, the lawyer for the Fort Hood shooter has resorted to grasping at straws to find a reason to keep his client alive:
Maj. Nidal Hasan’s defense team is meeting Thursday with Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, who will decide whether Hasan is court-martialed and faces the death penalty.
Hasan’s lead attorney, John Galligan, said he’ll urge Campbell not to seek the death penalty because such cases are more costly, time-consuming and restrictive. (emphasis mine)
If Campbell decides Hasan will go to trial but military jurors cannot consider the death penalty if he’s convicted, then the punishment will be life in prison without parole.
I guess if something takes too long and costs too it should be avoided?
Somehow, I don’t believe that a majority of U.S. citizens would balk at the added expense and time it would take to make sure this man gets his justice. Major Hasan not only premeditated and committed these murders, but he committed them against members of the armed services of which he belonged. It’s a traitorous act to be sure and undeserving of life imprisonment.