Dennis Gorelik (dennisgorelik) wrote,
Dennis Gorelik

Nidal Hasan - not allowed to plead guilty

Hasan twice offered to plead guilty, however U.S. Army rules prohibit the judge from accepting a guilty plea in a death penalty case.
In July 2012, having previously instructed Hasan to follow army regulations and shave his beard grown during the past several months, the judge found Hasan in contempt of court and fined him.
Hasan said that his beard is part of his religious beliefs. The prosecutors argued that Hasan was simply trying to delay his trial.
lead prosecutor Colonel Mike Mulligan said
[Hasan] can never be a martyr because he has nothing to give... Do not be misled; do not be confused; do not be fooled. He is not giving his life. We are taking his life. This is not his gift to God, it's his debt to society. He will not now and will not ever be a martyr.

1) Why would not US Army allow to plead guilty?

2) Why would US prosecutors care if Hasan has beard?

3) Why would US prosecutor care if Hasan was a Martyr or not?
Tags: death sentence, government bureaucracy, terrorism, terrorists
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