Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who opened fire on dozens of soldiers at Fort Hood., Tx., was found guilty Friday of murdering 13 people, reports the Washington Post. Eventually, he could be the first active-duty soldier to be executed in more than 50 years. Hasan acted a his own attorney but demonstrated little interest in mounting a defense.
The case now to a sentencing phase. More witnesses may be called and the 42-year-old major could testify. In the military's justice system, there are several automatic appeal stages, during which lawyers are likely to be appointed to represent Hasan, regardless of his wishes. Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, expects the appeals process to take several years. “It's most likely to be the next president that's going to have to make the final decision,” he said.