Geoffrey S. Corn, a South Texas College of Law professor, defends the system on the grounds that rights that protect the wrongly accused also apply to the "obviously guilty." Ultimately, with so many victims willing to testify that Hasan was the shooter, Corn told me, "it is really unimaginable that he will not be convicted."
It also is inconceivable that the military designates the attack as work-related and will not designate the victims' deaths and injuries as "combat-related."
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford took the stand Tuesday knowing that the man who shot him seven times would have the opportunity to cross-examine him. (Hasan declined.) Lunsford and others risked their lives defending this country. Perversely, Hasan gets all the benefit, and they get all the doubt.