Jewish World Review August 9, 2013/ 3 Elul, 5773
Military justice system failing in Fort Hood case
By Dan K. Thomasson
The military justice system seems ridiculously antiquated and ineffective when it comes to capital cases. The trial of the gun-wielding doctor accused of killing 13 people and wounding 30 at Fort Hood, Texas, finally has begun four years after the incident. The entire process, including appeals, is expected to drag on for years more. I have never been in favor of the death penalty, but there are cases so heinous and open and shut that they almost demand it. This certainly is one of them. Another is the case of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kidnapped, tortured and raped three women for over a decade and was allowed to plead guilty. Taxpayers will feed and house him until his death. Because he's in his early 50s, that could be a long time.
I have never been in favor of the death penalty, but there are cases so heinous and open and shut that they almost demand it. This certainly is one of them. Another is the case of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kidnapped, tortured and raped three women for over a decade and was allowed to plead guilty. Taxpayers will feed and house him until his death. Because he's in his early 50s, that could be a long time.
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