The defense does not plan to present any evidence when a military hearing resumes next week for the Army psychiatrist charged in last year’s deadly Fort Hood shootings, the lead defense attorney said Tuesday.
John Galligan said the government had offered “no surprises” in presenting its case against Maj. Nidal Hasan during two weeks of testimony in October.
An Army sergeant accused of masterminding a plan to kill Afghan civilians for sport used manipulation and intimidation to lead other soldiers into acts of unspeakable cruelty, an Army prosecutor told a military hearing Tuesday.
But the defense attorney for Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs said the government has no physical evidence against the 25-year-old from Billings, Mont. — only the statements of other soldiers, many of whom also are charged in the case.
For Lt. Cmdr. Sean Kearns, the outcome of last week’s court-martial is crystal clear. Kearns, former executive officer of the troubled amphibious transport dock San Antonio, was found not guilty of criminal negligence related to the death of a sailor who drowned last year in the Gulf of Aden.
For the man who opted to send Kearns to trial, the ramifications of the case are more murky.
Admiral Harvey presents an interesting contrast between legal and criminal responsibility for a senior officer, and the maxim that a captain should go down with his ship. While to XO may have been acquitted as a matter of criminal law, it appears that he is guilty as a matter of Navy philosophy of command responsibility.