The 13 mem­bers of the jury of mil­i­tary offi­cers took less than two hours — light­ning speed by court­room stan­dards — to reach a unan­i­mous ver­dict that Maj. Nidal Hasan should be exe­cuted for his 2009 ram­page at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas that left 13 dead and 31 more wounded.

My sense, beyond a rea­son­able doubt, is that no one was at all sur­prised by the out­come, including the defen­dant him­self. After all, Hasan, who stub­bornly yet pur­posely elected to rep­re­sent him­self during the trial, wanted nothing in the way of a defense to the cap­ital murder charges to be employed on his behalf. And cer­tainly, the mil­i­tary panel deciding on the proper pun­ish­ment would have few qualms about killing an enemy, be it a ter­rorist or a traitor.

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