The military panel handed down the death sentence for Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Hasan. But will Hasan ever be executed? The track record over the past 50 years doesn't look good if you're hoping for speedy justice, or any kind of ultimate justice.
Some points to consider from a good CNN piece on the subject:
The military hasn't executed anyone since 1961.
11 of 16 death penalty sentences have been overturned in the past 30 years.
Whomever is president at the time will have to sign off on the execution.
There are currently five people sitting on military death row - six with Hasan.