Major Nidal Hasan will finally face a judicial proceeding. The man who stands accused of the horrible, faith-fueled killing spree at Fort Hood will appear before a judge and answer for his crimes. Right?
Wrong. For those of you feeling enthusiastic about this important step in the process, curb it. This will be particularly anticlimactic for everyone involved. In fact, I’ll do you the courtesy of showing exactly what will happen. I’ll be your military law Nostradamus.
Here are the highlights:
1. Witnesses will appear and talk about the horrible things they saw and experienced. They will say that Hasan did it. They might point at Hasan at the request of the military prosecutor.
2. John Galligan, Hasan’s defense attorney, will question the government witnesses at length. He will probe for details, details, and more details.
3. Major Hasan will remain silent in his chair, speaking only when addressed by the Investigating Officer regarding his rights.
4. At the end, there will be no immediate decision, and most people will wonder what just happened. Those present will all have a glazed-over look on their faces.
Not exactly the latest episode of “Law and Order,” is it? Contrary to what “A Few Good Men” showed us, most judicial proceedings are boring, tedious, and confusing to the average bystander.
Boring and tedious? Yes. Important and necessary? Absolutely.